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Burglary

Burglary cases are viewed as serious crimes and they can carry considerable sentences. It is not unusual to serve a custodial sentence for any form of burglary and the three strikes rule means that, for a third offence of domestic burglary, there is a mandatory three year minimum sentence.

There are many factors that will ultimately determine the length of sentence that is handed to a burglar, not only including whether it is a first offence but even the time of day that the burglary was committed.

New sentencing guidelines for burglary and theft were introduced in 2012 and these saw an increase in the likelihood of a custodial sentence being given. The court will consider a number of factors to determine whether a custodial sentence is given or not, but for more serious burglaries, such as those involving the use of weapons or where the victim is prevented from calling for help, a prison sentence is the most likely outcome.

The time of day that the crime was committed is considered when the courts consider sentencing. Burglaries committed at night are considered more serious, and longer sentences will normally be handed to those burglars that commit their crime when the residents are home. If a child is at home during the incident then this is considered even more serious and a longer prison sentence will usually be given.

Facing a burglary charge can be very difficult for you and those around you, but Freeman & Co Solicitors will do everything possible to ensure that you receive a fair sentence and that you have access to the best and most accurate information possible.

NON DOMESTIC BURGLARY

Maximum when tried summarily: Level 5 fine and/or 6 months custody

Maximum when tried on indictment: 10 years custody

DOMESTIC BURGLARY

Maximum when tried summarily: Level 5 fine and/or 6 months custody

Maximum when tried on indictment: 14 years’ custody

AGGRAVATED BURGLARY

Maximum: Life imprisonment

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