Robbery and Burglary Offence Law Solicitors

If you are charged with a robbery or burglary offence it is important to get expert legal advice and representation whether or not you are intending to plead guilty or go to trial.

At Imran Khan and Partners, we have an experienced team of Criminal Law Solicitors with expertise in representing Defendants charged with a variety of different robbery offences.

Free Initial Telephone Discussion

For a free initial telephone discussion, please call us on 020 7404 3004 or email info@ikpsolicitors.com and we'll be in touch shortly. We can help clients wherever you are based across England and Wales.

We are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

If you require urgent assistance, please contact us on our emergency number on 07738 802993.

Robbery offences

There are a range of different robbery offences depending on the circumstances. In some instances, an individual will be charged with more than one offence for the same incident. This is referred to as an alternative offence.

 

If you have previously been convicted of a robbery offence, you may be categorised as a “dangerous offender”. This categorisation enables the court to increase your sentence unless you can demonstrate that there are particular circumstances that would make it unjust for it to do so.  If you are concerned you may face an increased sentence then it is best to take expert advice on your options and defence strategy.

What is robbery?

Under the Theft Act 1968, an act may be classed as a robbery if an individual steals something and during the course of the theft, or immediately before it, they use force on the victim or cause the victim to anticipate that force will be used against them.

 

Robbery can range in seriousness with the possible sentence ranging from a high level Community Order to 12 years in prison. There are a number of different types of robbery offence an individual can be charged with based on the circumstances of their case.

What is burglary?

Burglary is different to the offence of theft as it involves an individual unlawfully entering a premises. The premises can be either residential premises, such as a home, or a commercial building, such as a corner shop.

 

What is aggravated burglary?

There is a separate offence of aggravated burglary where an individual commits any burglary, and while doing so has with them any of the following:

  • A firearm

  • Imitation firearm

  • Any weapon of offence

  • Any explosive

Depending on the facts and seriousness of the case, the offence of aggravated burglary carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

What is domestic burglary?

Domestic burglary is an offence contrary to Section 9 of the 1968 Theft Act. It is an offence for an individual to enter any building, or part of a building, with the intention of:

  • Stealing or

  • Inflicting gross bodily harm or

  • Committing unlawful damage

There must be evidence that following their entry, the individual stole, or attempted to steal, or inflicted, or attempted to inflict grievous bodily harm on a person.

The offence of domestic burglary carries a sentence ranging from a Community Order to 14 years in custody, dependent on the facts of the case.

What is non-domestic burglary?

Non-domestic burglary makes it an offence for an individual to enter a non-residential premises, including businesses, public buildings, and non-residential areas such as sheds and detached garages, with the intention to steal.

 

The sentencing for non-domestic burglary ranges from a high fine and/or 26 weeks in custody to up to a 5 year custodial sentence.

How do I pay for my legal fees?

We can help you on a private funded basis or through legal aid. Contact us to discuss your funding options. 

 

If you do not have the means to pay for your legal representation, you may qualify for legal aid. Imran Khan and Partners are accredited by the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) and can apply for legal aid on your behalf and guide you through the application process .

Who do I need to contact?

If you are facing criminal allegations, do not delay and contact us on 020 7404 3004. Our specialist criminal defence solicitors can offer you a free initial consultation. All conversations will be dealt with full confidentiality. Alternatively, please email Ben Bansal at BenB@ikpsolicitors.com.

We will swiftly respond to any query within 24h.

We are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

We can assist wherever you are based and have offices in central London.

We are also able to assist with police interviews at the police station. If you require urgent assistance, please contact us on our emergency number  07738 802993.

If you contact us on behalf of someone who is already in prison, please simply provide the name of the person, the prison number and any available detail. We will organise a legal visit with that person, whether face to face or by Video link.