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Theft From Employer

Theft from Employer

If you are accused of Theft under s1 of the Theft Act 1968 from either an employer or another who placed you in a position of trust this may not only result in a sentence of immediate custody (the maximum sentence is 7 years) but may also have disproportionate effect upon your professional and personal life.

'Breach of Trust Theft' as its colloquially known can have potentially devastating consequences for the defendant who is usually a person of good character, in other words does not have (apart from perhaps minor driving matters) any criminal convictions. The matter is always viewed as more serious in nature than theft from an unknown person or organisation since the trust reposed in the defendant aggravates the offence when the defendant is alleged to then betray that trust.

Breaches of trust are treated as more serious offences for various other reasons. Depending upon the nature of the employment or trust and the nature of the work or public service carried out by the victim organisation, the offence may have a negative impact upon public confidence (e.g. theft from charitable organisations, public bodies dealing with vulnerable members of the community etc'). Alternatively, theft from a commercial body by an employee may have had a disruptive effect upon fellow employees or co-workers as all those who had access to the items / monies stolen may have been suspended or at least been under suspicion and been interviewed as part of an investigation.

As a result breach of trust cases often receive longer deterrent sentences and under the leading case of R v Clark [1998] 2 CrAppR(S) 142 and other subsequent cases a sentence of immediate custody is inevitable save for exceptional circumstances or where the value of the loss is very low. Typically, the offender may receive up to 21 months custody for losses of up to 17,500.

Direct Access barristers from Holborn Chambers may be able to help you fighting such allegations, something that is of particular importance if you have no previous criminal convictions. Professionals are not immune from the sentencing guidelines of immediate custody and the impact upon your personal life may be devastating if left unchecked by effective defence. Even a small loss of relatively low value can have a disproportionate effect on a person's future employment prospects and earning potential leading to loss of livelihood and potentially placing your assets in jeopardy if you rely upon your particular level of income to pay your mortgage.

Often in these situations defendants are fighting to preserve their good name as a priority just as much if not more than their concern with any sanction the court may impose. We at the Crimelegal team we are alive to your concerns and fears and the Direct Access barristers at Holborn Chambers that we supply are experienced criminal specialists in this respect.


HOW WE HELP CLIENTS REGARDING THEFT OFFENCES
We can help with all legal aspects of theft including:
  • Criminal Prosecutions
  • Appeals Against Conviction
  • Appeals Against Sentence
  As Direct Access barristers we have:
  • Lower Costs
  • Better Case Management
  • Greater Accessibility


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