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Dishonesty Offences

If you are arrested for any type of dishonesty offence, please contact us as soon as possible for representation.

Dishonesty offences include crimes such as theft, burglary, robbery and handling of stolen goods.

We have experience in handling this type of case and we will mount a robust defence on your behalf.

Below is a brief outline of each offence.


Burglary is:

Burglary carries a sentence of up to 14 years imprisonment.


Theft is the act of taking someone’s property without their consent, with the intention to permanently deprive them of it.

Cases can be heard in either the Magistrate’s or the Crown Court depending on the seriousness.


In 2014 a new offence was introduced of ‘low-value shoplifting’. This deals with crimes where the value of the goods is below £200, which is most shoplifting cases.


Robbery is a particular offence where force is either used or threatened in order to steal.

Because of the force element, this is a serious offence and can therefore only be heard in Crown Court and carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

Handling Stolen Goods

It is a criminal offence for someone to knowingly receive, look after or assist with the disposal of stolen goods.

These cases can be heard in either Magistrate’s or Crown Court, depending on the facts of the case and a maximum sentence of 14 years can be imposed.

Get an expert defence

If you are charged with any of the above offences, contact us as soon as possible. These are all serious offences and you will require an experienced and expert criminal defence solicitors to defend you.