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Burglary

Theft Act 1968, s.9

(1) A person is guilty of burglary if -

(a) he enters any building or part of a building as a trespasser and with intent to commit any such offence as is mentioned in subsection (2) below; or

(b) having entered any building or part of a building as a trespasser he steals or attempts to steal anything in the building or that part of it or inflicts or attempts to inflict on any person therein any grievous bodily harm.

(2) The offences referred to in subsection (1)(a) above are offences of stealing anything in the building or part of a building in question, of inflicting on any person therein any grievous bodily harm ... therein, and of doing unlawful damage to the building or anything therein.

(3) A person guilty of burglary shall on conviction on indictment be liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding: -

(a) where the offence was committed in respect of a building or part of a building which is a dwelling, fourteen years

(b) in any other case, ten years.

[This section is printed as amended, and repealed in part, by the CJA 1991, s.26(2); the CJPOA 1994, s.168(2) and Sched. 10; and the SOA 2003, s.140, and Sched. 7.]

There are many different types of burglary but it is important that you get legal advice before committing yourself to interview under caution.

Further Information Available

Further advice on aggravated burglary can be found by following this link.

Maximum Sentence

Where the offence is committed in respect of a building or part of a building which is a dwelling, 14 years' imprisonment; otherwise 10 years:

These are maximums for these types of offences and demonstrate that no steps should be taken without the benefit of full disclosure and legal advice


Use the MJP solicitors call out numbers 24/7 for you or a family member arrested for this type of offence.

The sentencing facts show how seriously the Courts take this type of offence.

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