If you are accused of burglary, the Prosecution have to prove that you have:
- Entered a property (a house, building, or even a specific part of a building),
- As a trespasser (without permission to enter the property), and
- Intending to commit a theft (or other specific offences including assault or criminal damage)
Burglary is an either way offence, which means that it can be dealt with in either the Magistrates Court or the Crown Court. Burglary is seen as a serious offence, especially when the offence has taken place in someone’s house, because it can make people feel vulnerable in their own homes. In cases of “dwelling” burglary, it is usually too serious for Magistrates to deal with, and the case will be committed to the Crown Court.
Often, the evidence in a burglary case relies on forensic evidence such as fingerprints or DNA. While this can help the Prosecution, our solicitors have experience at successfully challenging the reliability of this evidence and our clients have been found Not Guilty because there was no evidence to convict them.
There is a related offence of Aggravated Burglary, if you have an offensive weapon or firearm in your possession when committing a burglary. Aggravated burglary is so serious it can only be dealt with by the Crown Court, and can carry a life sentence.
If you are charged with burglary, there is a real risk of a prison sentence if you are found guilty. You need a solicitor who can examine the evidence against you and identify the real strength of the case against you. You also need someone who will do everything they can to represent your best interests.
The solicitors at Stephen Lickrish & Associates have dealt with many burglary cases, from dwelling house offences to large scale industrial premises. We can represent clients in Greater Manchester and the North West, as well as throughout the country. If you, or someone you know, are accused of this offence, contact us to see how we can help you.