Theft Defence Lawyers Bristol
We are expert Theft Defence Lawyers providing services across Bristol and the surrounding areas with over 25 years experience in defending our clients against Theft Defence charges.
A person is guilty of theft if they dishonestly appropriate property belonging to another with the intention of permanently depriving that person of it – Section 1 Theft Act 1968.
Theft Defence can cover a wide ranging number of situations. People can face prosecution for charges of theft by finding, shoplifting, theft of a motor vehicle, theft from an employer, etc.
It is essential to receive the best possible defence and representation in cases of this nature because of the long lasting consequences to a person of conviction. If, for example, a business, professional or other person finds themselves facing such a prosecution, the danger is the long term damage to their good character.
Facing a Theft Defence charge? Contact our Theft Defence Lawyers Bristol on 0800 634 7022.
Theft Defence Charges
Before a person can be found guilty of a theft/dishonesty charge the court has to find that they were acting dishonestly. This therefore goes against the character of the individual concerned and could well affect further business/work/professional prospects. Our Theft Defence Lawyers represent a very large number of professional/business people and fully understand that the protection of your good character is vital to your continued success and future.
Theft by Finding
This can include the situation where a person walking down the street comes across an item of property, picks it up and keeps it. There are certain situations where property has clearly been discarded as rubbish. In that situation there would be no prosecution. There are other situations where the property clearly has not been thrown away because of its condition or value.
In that situation if a person picks up that item and keeps it as their own they may face a prosecution for theft by finding. Once again, usually the issue of dishonesty will be the main factor in the case. If the defence can satisfy the court that the person genuinely believed that the item had been discarded then the court may well find them not guilty of any offence.
Theft by Shoplifting
This is the situation where an individual has entered a store and left without paying for goods. There may be a number of reasons for this having taken place. There are situations where, for example a person genuinely believes that somebody else in their company has paid for the property or, most likely where they have been preoccupied or distracted and have simply forgotten or failed to pay for the property before leaving the store.
If the court believes that this was a genuine accident and there was no dishonesty on the part of the defendant then there will be no conviction for the theft charge.
Our Theft Defence Lawyers Bristol
We are a dedicated team of Theft Defence Lawyers in Bristol. We understand precisely what is required to defend or represent you in theft defence proceedings. The interests of our clients are paramount and we adopt a proactive approach to any case in which we are involved. If any allegations against our clients are denied then we will use all of our knowledge and experience to fight any prosecution at every stage.
FAQ: Can I discuss my case initially without having to instruct you?
The answer is yes. We fully understand that it is essential for you to feel confident in your legal team. Instructing the right lawyer is a vitally important decision. We are very happy to spend time with you discussing your case, listening to your concerns and explaining how we can help. Feel free to call us for an initial no obligation chat free of charge.
What Our Customers Say
“Professional Defence Lawyers were brilliant throughout our defence. They performed magnificently and helped massively reduce the fine we expected to see.”
Contact Professional Defence Lawyers Bristol Today
We are expert solicitors acting for the defence in proceedings of Theft charges across Bristol. We have been practicing in this field for over 20 years so please don’t hesitate to contact us. Call us free on 0800 634 7022 or fill out our confidential online enquiry form.