Specialists in Serious Fraud and Complex Criminal Defence
Being arrested or charged with theft can be very confusing and worrying, so it is important to get the right legal advice and representation as soon as possible to protect your legal rights and give you the strongest possible defence.
MPR Solicitors are the solicitors of choice for anybody accused of any serious crime including theft and any other offence involving dishonesty or fraud.
It is crucial to the outcome of the case to get good advice from the onset from experienced lawyers. Even if you have already been interviewed by the police or are unhappy with the solicitors who represented you, we will be able to help you.
Theft cases can take a long time to investigate and prosecute. At MPR, we will ensure you get expert and quality representation of the highest standard at every stage of criminal proceedings.
We will build and present your defence in the best possible way, increasing your chances of avoiding charges, securing an early acquittal or achieving the best available outcome at trial.
Our criminal defence services for theft offences
Our expert criminal defence solicitors and lawyers are highly experienced in cases of:
- Conspiracy to Steal
- Theft from Employer
- Handling Stolen Goods
Why choose our theft solicitors for your defence?
Our criminal defence solicitors have been involved in many high profile and complex cases of this type and we will always strive to provide you with the best legal advice and representation possible.
The difference between us and many other criminal defence firms is that our clients come to us because of our reputation for providing a first-class service and the results we achieve on behalf of our clients.
We are accredited by the Law Society for Criminal Litigation, providing independent assurance that our team can offer the highest level of skills, knowledge and experience for your criminal defence.
Our criminal defence lawyers include solicitors and barristers, meaning we can support you at every stage of criminal proceedings, from initial interview through to trial and appeals where required.
How we can help you build an effective defence, right from the start
When you instruct us, we will analyse your case from every possible angle. We will advise you on all available defences and assist you in developing a case strategy. Our expert criminal defence solicitors and lawyers will build your case and leave no stone unturned in advancing your case.
Our lawyers are well connected with some of the leading experts in the fields of: DNA; Fingerprint evidence; Blood splatter evidence; Cell Site evidence and Telecoms; Ballistics; Body mapping; CCTV enhancement; voice/ speech recognition analysis; forensic accountants and our specialist criminal defence solicitors are able to explore the all of the relevant forensic and factual issues in your case.
We will go through and explain every piece of evidence in the case and carefully take your instructions and build your case.
Where necessary in pursuit of building your case, we will be able to make any defence enquiries internationally if required.
We have close links with some of the best Barristers Chambers and will only ever use highly regarded and the best barristers for your case.
Common questions about theft offences
What are the penalties for theft?
Under the Theft Act 1968, you can be sentenced to up to 7 years’ custody if convicted of theft.
Theft offences can be tried in either Magistrates’ Court or Crown Court, depending on the nature of the offences. If tried in Magistrates’ Court, the maximum sentence is 6 months’ imprisonment.
The actual sentence you receive on conviction for theft will depend on two factors – the level of culpability you have for the crime and the amount of harm caused by the crime.
For theft offences, the harm caused will be determined based on factors such as:
- The value of the items to the victim (irrespective of their financial value)
- The level of inconvenience to the victim
- Financial harm to the victim or others
- Emotional distress to the victim
- Injury or risk of injury to a person during or as a result of the theft
- Damage or risk of damage to property during or as a result of the theft
Culpability will be decided based on factors such as:
- Whether you had a leading, significant or more limited role in the theft
- The degree of planning involved in the offence
- Whether the crime involved a breach of trust or responsibility
- The use of force, the threat of force or intimidation
- Whether the victim was targeted on the basis of their perceived vulnerability
What defence is there against a theft charge?
The available defences against a theft charge will depend on the circumstances, but may include:
- Mistaken identity – i.e. you were not involved in the theft.
- You did not intend to permanently deprive the victim of the item stolen – and therefore the offence does not count as theft
- You only played a limited role in the offence
- The level of harm caused by the theft was relatively low
- You were threatened or otherwise coerced into taking part in the offence
- You are a vulnerable person and only took part in the offence due to the exploitation of others
Our theft defence solicitors will carefully review your options and make sure we build the strongest possible defence based on your circumstances.
Contact our theft defence lawyers now
When facing charges or prosecution for theft, it is vital to have expert legal advice from the outset to make sure your interests are protected and that you can start building the best possible defence straight away.
Our highly regarded criminal defence lawyers can represent you right from the police interview stage all the way through to court proceedings, giving you the strongest chance of a positive outcome.