Lawtons Solicitors has a specialist team of experienced theft defence solicitors, ready and available to assist you when dealing with the police or in court.

Our aim is to work with you, guide you and represent you to build a strong defence and get you the best possible outcome in what can be a difficult area of the law.

Whether your issue relates to theft from an employer, vehicle or identity, we are here to help, no matter how minor or major the accusation of theft might be.


Theft & The Law

Theft is one of three ‘dishonesty offences’ and relates to the dishonest taking of property belonging to another, with the sole purpose being to deprive permanently the other person of said property.

Theft can be from one person, from a shop (otherwise known as shoplifting) or an employer, and also covers the issue of identity fraud.


To prove a theft has taken place, the prosecution must illustrate five key elements:

  • Dishonesty
  • Appropriation
  • Property
  • Belonging to another
  • Intention to permanently deprive


If any of these points cannot be proven then the case is more than likely to be dropped and the defendant acquitted.


Like burglary, theft is classified as an ‘either way offence,’ which means that it may be handled by the Magistrates’ Court or there may be a decision to transfer to Crown Court.  A request for a case to be heard by the Crown Court usually occurs if the value of that which is stolen is high.

Although every case is different, theft can carry a sentence of up to 14 years’ imprisonment.


Accused of Theft?

Due to the intricate detail involved in proving theft has taken place, it is important to speak to a specialist theft solicitor to work through the details of your case and establish the best possible lines of defence.


Contact Us

For more information about theft and sentences, please call us on 0333 2020972 or email


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