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Arrested for robbery? Legal terminology from a criminal solicitor at ABV Solicitors
16 Jul 2021

Seen very commonly on crime shows and one of the more prevalent types of crime, burglary is still a common occurrence in the UK.

And, consequently, with more properties and places of business having security systems and CCTV cameras installed, it is now easier than ever for landowners to successfully prosecute those who have committed the offence.

But as is the way with the law (and when you find yourself caught up in such an occurrence directly or by association) the terminology surrounding burglary in the UK can quickly become confusing to understand. This is why it is important to, in the first instance, hire a legal team who have the knowledge to help you.

When you employ a criminal solicitor at ABV Solicitors, our team can offer you advice directly targeted to your case and, in relation to crimes such as burglary or theft, we can also represent you legally in court. We will work tirelessly to get all charges reduced or removed, and will even launch our own investigations into the areas surrounding the offence, so your voice will truly be heard.

But back to the original point; what does the terminology that surrounds burglary mean? Our criminal solicitor answers below.

What is burglary under UK law?

Burglary is the act of going into a part of a building or a building as a whole and having the particular intent to commit the crimes of grievous bodily harm, criminal damage, and committing theft. As you can see, it is quite a serious accusation. If you have been accused of this crime or being associated with this crime, contact our criminal solicitor for advice.

What is aggravated burglary?

While it may seem a straightforward definition, aggravated burglary is more serious than regular burglary and as such, it carries harsher penalties. Aggravated burglary has been committed if an individual enters a building or part of a building with the intent of committing theft, causing grievous bodily harm or criminal damage. However, in this instance, they will often have a weapon such as a knife, a gun, or even explosives. As there is usually more planning involved and there is a more serious threat to life, this makes the penalties more severe. If you have been accused of aggravated burglary, contact our team immediately for representation.

What is defined as trespassing?

Now moving on to other terms you will probably hear during your case; trespassing or trespasser. In short, a trespasser is someone who enters a property or land without the owner’s permission. You can enter a property with the owner’s consent, but should you engage in activities that are not known by the owner or that the owner has no knowledge of, this still constitutes trespassing.

What is the maximum sentence for burglary?

The maximum sentence for burglary of a building that is not a dwelling (such as a shop or warehouse) is 10 years. If you have been arrested for burglary that took place in a house, then the maximum sentence is 14 years. With aggravated burglary, the maximum sentence is life.

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