Theft and Robbery
Convictions for crimes of dishonesty can have a significant impact on your employment.
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Some people become involved in crimes of dishonesty because of their personal circumstances perhaps out of desperation, and in some cases as a consequence of mental health issues such as depression or addiction. Theft can range from petty theft or shoplifting to serious high-value theft. I understand the importance of and the consequences of these type of allegations and have extensive experience in defending those charged with such crimes. An act of theft deems that a possession of value has been taken from another person with the intention to permanently deprive them of it. This could even include failing to return borrowed items, if there is reason to believe that you don’t intend to return them e.g. by missing an agreed return date with the owner of the property; or failing to take reasonable steps to reunite an owner with a lost or abandoned possession that you have claimed.
Robbery involves the threat of violence or violence leading to the removal or attempted removal of property.
Careful analysis of the facts is always required as an aggravated crime may be alleged which can lead to a more serious penalty which it may be possible to mitigate with proper legal analysis.
The answer requires legal analysis and is often misunderstood. I will provide you with a suitable appraisal and advise on the prospects of success to ensure that you can make suitably informed decisions.
Expert advice and legal assistance is required immediately upon detention for any offence and preferably before any police interview is conducted as admissions made during such an interview can significantly affect any possible defence.
I am registered to provide criminal legal assistance by the Scottish Legal Aid Board and can provide advice on eligibility for legal aid and alternative payment arrangements. Full disclosure of fee charging is provided.
This will depend on the particular circumstances of each prosecution and the seriousness of the offence. In some cases it may be possible for me to attend court on your behalf. I can discuss this with you in greater detail at the consultation.