In the following article Huddersfield criminal lawyers, Qamar Solicitors look at one of the UK’s most common offences namely the handling stolen goods. The offence was first established in Section 22 of the 1968 Theft Act.
Handling of stolen goods occurs following a dishonest acquisition i.e. those taken by theft or deception and broadly is associated with either goods having been received with the knowledge of them being stolen or helping someone to dispose of goods which you know or believe to have been stolen.
The knowledge or belief factor is fundamental to the defence, and indeed prosecution, of a handling stolen goods case and hinges around the question of whether an individual can, within reasonable parameters, be expected to have been aware that the goods were stolen? If you are unaware an item has been stolen then you have a criminal defence.
Are you facing charges for handling stolen goods?
If you or someone you know is being investigated or facing a charge of handing stolen goods contact Qamar Solicitors. Our expert legal team are used to dealing with such cases and will look at each scenario in order give you the best possible advice or representation.