All three offences concern the taking of someone else’s property without their consent, however, they are very different offences with varying degrees of seriousness.
Theft involves taking another person’s property without their consent with the intention to permanently deprive them of it. Depending on how much has been stolen, theft cases can be heard in either the magistrates’ or Crown Court and carry a maximum sentence of seven years imprisonment.
Robbery occurs when force is used or threatened against a person in order to steal from them. Robbery is an extremely serious offence and can only be heard in the Crown Court and carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.
Burglary is the act of entering a building as a trespasser with intent to commit one of four specified offences, namely theft, criminal damage, rape or GBH. Burglary carries a maximum prison sentence of 10 years or, if it took place in someone’s home, 14 years. If you are carrying a firearm (including imitation firearms) or another offensive weapon at the same time then you can be charged with aggravated burglary, which carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.
Why choose JSP Law
If you are facing charges relating to then it is vital to seek expert legal advice immediately. At JSP Law have represented clients charged with a wide variety of offences. If you wish to deny the charges then we will work hard to clear your name. Alternatively, if you decide to plead guilty then we can argue for a reduced sentence.
Our team of solicitors have very significant experience in this area of work. Director Matthew Bliss was involved in the Tonbridge Securitas robbery case. Andel Singh (instructed by Vinod Jumnoodoo) is currently dealing with the client charged with two offences of armed robbery.
We can advise you under the Legal Aid scheme but if public funding is not available we will quote you a competitive price for our work.