Burglary & The Law
Lawtons Solicitors has a specialist team able to offer expert advice on all ‘dishonesty offences’, and frequently deals with the three main offences, namely burglary, theft and robbery.
Each of the three dishonesty offences are considered seriously by the Criminal Courts. If someone is convicted of burglary in particular, it can have serious consequences. It is therefore important to seek legal guidance as soon as possible to make the difference to your case.
How is burglary legally classified?
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.
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. It is not necessary for anything to be actually stolen for a person to be convicted of burglary.
It is worth noting that the court generally deems burglary of a residential property as more serious than that of commercial property due to involving an intrusion into a person’s private life and home.
Burglary is classified as an ‘either way offence’, which means that depending on the individual case, the magistrates have to make the decision on whether they are able to deal with the case or refer it to the Crown Court.
Accused of Burglary?
Aggravated burglary is much more serious than normal burglary. It can be defined in many different ways, but essentially it is where a firearm, imitation firearm, weapon of offence or any explosive has been involved. If found guilty, aggravated burglary can lead to life imprisonment.
For more information about burglary and sentences, please call us on 0333 2020972 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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