The Theft Act 1968 covers these offences and others, for example, going equipped to steal, handling stolen goods, taking a conveyance without consent, or allowing yourself to be carried. This is another complex area of the law, with specific legal meanings, and we can give you thorough, professional advice as to where you may have a legal defence.
You might have come into possession of someone else’s property quite legitimately. You may have assumed property to be abandoned. In the case of handling stolen goods, you might have had concerns about receiving property, but no further information or knowledge. If you drive a car which doesn’t belong to you, it may not constitute a criminal offence. The same applies where you accept a lift from someone who has stolen a car. You might be accused of an offence of robbery (or other type of offence) where you were present but didn’t get involved. It may seem very unfair. This is sometimes referred to as ‘joint enterprise’; a complicated legal concept which we can help you to understand.
Many of these allegations involve the use of forensic evidence by the police. We can help you to challenge such evidence, where you think mistakes have been made, or where there is a lawful reason for you being linked to a crime scene. We regularly use experts in forensic science to test the quality of that evidence.