Theft and Property Offences
Property offences include:
Handling stolen goods
These charges are heard in all courts and the penalties differ greatly. Each charge has different elements that the prosecution must prove beyond reasonable doubt to make out the charge. DNA and other forensic evidence is becoming increasingly relied upon by the prosecution. Our Solicitors are highly experienced in analysing briefs of evidence, examining forensic evidence and providing advice on the strength of matters relating to property offences.
It is a crime to deliberately damage or destroy property without the permission of its owner. Property damage offences are also referred to as criminal damage offences. Property damage offences include:
Arson (damage by fire)
Tampering with property
Threats to damage or destroy property
Theft is intentionally taking someone else’s property and not having any intention of returning it to the rightful owner. Theft-related offences include:
Obtaining property by deception/Obtaining financial advantage by deception (see fraud)
Burglary (entering someone else’s land or property intending to steal something, damage property or assault someone)
Proceeding, equipped to steal
Handling stolen goods
Receiving stolen goods
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Burglary relates to the unauthorised entry of a building or part of a building, by a person who has an intention to commit a theft, assault or property damage. Aggravated Burglary involves someone committing a burglary whilst they are armed, or if at the time of entering the building, there was a person present in the building.
Penalties and compensation orders
Theft and property damage offences carry penalties of imprisonment, community based sanctions and fines. In addition to these penalties, the court may make an order that you pay restitution for the property that was sold, lost or damaged.
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