If someone enters, or breaks into, a building and steals or intends to steal something then they are committing a burglary. The building could be a dwelling house, an outbuilding in a garden or on private property or a commercial premises such as an office, a shop or a factory.

Even someone who agrees to be the ‘look out’ can find themselves in deeper water than they anticipated because they are, in law, part of a ‘joint enterprise.’

It is a very serious offence and several factors will be taken into account, such as whether someone was home at the time, whether there was any violence or damage, and whether there has been a history of similar offending.

If you find yourself charged with a burglary you did not commit, then you will need expert legal assistance to take statements from any alibi witnesses – and you may even need forensic analysis from the scene to determine that you were not there.

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