Have you been accused of burglary? If you are found guilty of this offence, the consequences can be severe. Contact our team of solicitors today on 0333 577 0522 for expert help in achieving the best possible outcome for your case. 

At Lawtons, we are experienced in dealing with burglary cases, and it’s crucial that you seek professional legal help before taking part in a police interview.

 

How Lawtons can help

Lawtons Solicitors has a specialist team able to offer expert advice on all ‘dishonesty offences’, and frequently deals with the three main offences – burglary, theft and robbery.

Each of the three dishonesty offences are considered seriously by the Criminal Courts. Burglary in particular can have serious consequences. It is therefore important to seek legal guidance as soon as possible to make a difference to your case.

 

How is burglary defined under UK law?

Burglary can be committed in a number of ways. The law looks at burglary with the view of identifying the intention and dishonesty of the crime, together with proof that trespassing took place.

 

Are certain types of burglary more serious?

It is worth noting that the court generally deems burglary of a residential property as more serious than that of commercial property, due to the intrusion into a person’s private life and home.

Burglary is classified as an ‘either way offence’, which means that depending on the severity of the individual case, the magistrates have to decide whether they are able to deal with it or refer it to the Crown Court.

 

How is burglary proved in court?

To be convicted, it must be shown that the offender entered an area or property without permission, with the clear intention of stealing or causing damage, or to commit GBH, or rape. Burglary can also be committed when someone enters a property as a trespasser and whilst in that property decides that they will take something. 

 

Accused of burglary? Contact us

For more information about burglary and sentences or for urgent legal help, please call us on 0333 2020972 or email web@lawtonslaw.co.uk.

 

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Q&As


What does aggravated burglary mean?

Aggravated burglary is much more serious than normal burglary – it means that a firearm, imitation firearm, weapon of offence or any explosive has been involved. If found guilty, aggravated burglary can lead to life imprisonment.

 

Does burglary always involve stealing?

It is not necessary for anything to be stolen for a person to be convicted of burglary – it is merely the intention of stealing which differentiates burglary from the offence of trespassing. 

 

Can burglary involve other offences?

A burglary charge can be brought even in a case which has nothing to do with stealing – trespassing combined with the more serious crimes of GBH or rape can also equal burglary.