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Defence in Property Crime Case.

Many different ways can be used to commit property crime. Shoplifting, burglary, unlocking locks, resetting stolen goods, and theft by finding are all examples of theft. In 2012/2013, the majority of crimes committed in Scotland were property crimes.

Common law crimes include theft and reset. If an indictment is filed in the Sheriff’s Court, simplified proceedings have a maximum penalty of 12 months’ imprisonment and up to five years’ imprisonment. There is no maximum penalty at the Supreme Court level, and cases are dealt with on a case-by-case basis. It is not uncommon for crimes against property to be dealt with ad hoc. Generally, the allegation of theft can only be prosecuted in a ceremonial manner if the stolen items are of value or if there is a substantial public interest in prosecution. A recent example is the allegations that people stole from Clath’s bar in Glasgow after the tragic helicopter crash in November 2013.

It is inevitable that theft proceedings involve complex evidence considerations. The crime scene of a crime committed by someone accused of theft is often unoccupied. Circumstantial evidence and the doctrine of recent possession of stolen goods are often used by the crown. Prosecutors rely heavily on CCTV evidence in many shoplifting cases, which requires close scrutiny.

If you are accused of a property crime, you must seek the advice of an experienced attorney. Having dealt with many types of property crimes, we are expertly qualified to advise you on your rights. Our firm can best represent your interests if you are accused of an offense against property. Please contact us as soon as possible.

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