If you have been arrested for a burglary, theft or criminal damage offence, the consequences of a conviction can be severe. At Lawtons we will handle your case with no judgement and the highest levels of research and preparation, in order to obtain the best possible outcome for you and your family in a process that can be life-changing. No two cases are the same and we will examine yours meticulously in order to build a robust defence on your behalf. Call our team to discuss your case today on 0333 577 0522.


What Lawtons can do for you

Cases like these can be complex and at Lawtons we have extensive experience of defending them. We will not only work tirelessly to represent you but will guide you through the laws in this area and offer guidance through the court proceedings if necessary.

It can be a highly emotional and stressful time, and whether it is you or a member of your family who has been accused of a burglary, theft or criminal damage offence, contacting the team at Lawtons could be one of the most important steps you take at this early stage in the process.


What cases do Lawtons represent?

At Lawtons we have a team of highly specialised solicitors who are particularly experienced in different areas of the law, but among the cases we are experienced in defending are:

  1. Vandalism & Criminal Damage
  2. Robbery
  3. Theft
  4. Burglary


Contact us today

Whatever the individual circumstances surrounding your case, we can help. As one of the top criminal defence solicitors in London and the home counties, we will do everything we can to minimise disruption to your life and strive for the best outcome we can. Contact Lawtons today on 0333 577 0522.


Case studies: successfully defending our clients

Avoided Prison after robbery and threatening behaviour – April 2016

Given another chance – February 2016



What is the difference between theft, robbery and burglary?

All of the above offences generally involve a form of theft to some degree. However, while theft refers simply to the unlawful taking of property belonging to another, burglary refers to unlawful entry into a property, often with the intention of committing theft or robbery. What differentiates robbery from these two offences is the use of threat or force to commit theft.


Does armed robbery always mean a prison sentence?

Armed robbery will be charged with a more severe sentence than robbery without a weapon. The maximum possible sentence for armed robbery is life imprisonment – however, this depends upon a number of factors.


What is the maximum sentence for vandalism?

For damage that totals more than £5,000, the maximum penalty matches the £5,000. The prison sentence, if applicable, is a maximum term of six months in the magistrates court  – however, for offenders aged 17 or under a preventative measure such as a community sentence is more likely. If the vandalism or damage is caused by fire it is called arson which is often viewed much more seriously, especially where it was done with the intention to endanger life or where life was endangered recklessly.