Dishonesty crimes - burglary, robbery and theft offences

Known as dishonesty crimes, under the Theft Act 1968 these can lead to serious consequences with long term effects. With experience dealing with everything from low-level shoplifting.


Requiring both an act of trespass and at least some intent to commit certain offences, Burglary can be a very serious offence, made worse when committed at a person’s home.


Robbery is the use or threat of force during a theft. Depending on the circumstances, Robbery can lead to a life imprisonment sentence.


Theft is the most common of the “dishonesty offences”. With five elements to it, it can become a very difficult area of law to get to grips with.

Criminal damage

Without a statutory definition of “damage”, Criminal Damage cases can become difficult, relying on large amounts of case law and detailed evidence.

Handling stolen goods

The handling of stolen goods is the possession or sale of goods which have been stolen and are known to be stolen but continue to possess, sell or move them.


Simply put Arson is the act of deliberately setting fire to property which includes any physical thing like a house or car.