Burglary, Robbery & Theft

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There are clear differences between burglary, robbery and theft so sentences vary for each offence. With the potential of lengthy imprisonment, you need a law firm with the experience to examine the evidence and one capable of challenging where necessary. This is where DPP Law come in. We’ve been providing people with the best defence since 1982 and our expert team will discuss your evidence and options with you, see if any charges can be reduced, provide the best mitigation regardless of the outcome in court and advise on appeals and confiscation orders.

We will work with you throughout the case and have external experts regardless of the circumstances. Very serious cases may require Queens Counsel to defend you, in which case we can support them as Junior Counsel which helps ensure the correct facts are available at all times. Because DPP Law can work with you from the police station to the Crown Court and, if need be the Court of Appeal, we are able to represent you at every stage.


Theft is the taking of someone else’s property without consent. It is the simplest charge; one of the most commonly committed crimes and is done without breaking and entering or using force or fear.

The question of intent is the main variable here but the type and value of property will go towards determining the charges. Generally, each crime will be put into the category of petty or grand theft depending on the factors.


This is theft through taking the property of another person using force or fear. Cases will generally be classed as: street robbery, small business robbery or commercial robberies. Charges will depend on the level of seriousness (1-3), certain factors like the victim and value of items as well as whether it was planned. Common sentences begin at four or five years. Robbery with a weapon is classed as armed robbery and can lead to life imprisonment.


This is when you break into a building without consent to commit a crime. Theft is the most common offence from a burglary but it could also be assault, criminal damage or rape. Classed as an ‘either way offence’, a person can be charged with it regardless of whether the crime was committed.

Burglary carries a maximum sentence of 14 years although aggravated burglary, when you carry a firearm, can lead to a life sentence.

What’s The Difference?

Charges and sentences vary dramatically depending on the allegations with even the most minor situation considered a ‘very serious offence’ and this is why you need an expert criminal defence solicitor representing you in either the Magistrates Court or Crown Court. All three are covered in the Theft Act 1968.

Burglary – Robbery – Theft

Burglary, robbery and theft are all serious crimes that are known as ‘dishonesty’ offences in the eyes of the law. They all involve taking property from a person (their home or an item on the person) or a business without consent.

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