How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Jo C. Your Own Question
Jo C.
Jo C., Barrister
Category: Law
Satisfied Customers: 71351
Experience:  Over 5 years in practice
Type Your Law Question Here...
Jo C. is online now

charged with theft and handling stolen goods

Customer Question

I have just been charged with theft and handling stolen goods it's my first offence but was planned. The officer said she would be contacting the stores where I stole the items and would investgate. I am deeply ashamed I have a shopping addiction and started to steal as became massively in deBT. Police  officers recovered 13 stolen purse from my home. I declined the offer of a solicitor.  will it go to court

Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 3 years ago.
Thank you for your question. My name is ***** ***** I will try to help with this.
Is there any reason you think it might not.?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

I don't see how you have in anyway answered my question.

Expert:  Jo C. replied 3 years ago.
No, I haven't.
Its an information request.
I need to know if there is any reason you think it won't go to court? If you had a solicitor then it might not but that didn't happen.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Oh sorry didn't understand what you were saying.

Do you know from similar situations if it Is it likely to go to court. The police officer said she would have cautioned me but it was 2 offences so she couldn't. She said she would look into it and let me know what was going on. The officers who arrested me suggested in the back of the car it would be better nto to get a solicitor I stupidly believed them

Expert:  Jo C. replied 3 years ago.
Yes, it will go to court.
A caution may have been available. It is a nonsense to say that you cannot be cautioned for two offences at once.
However, that is water under the bridge now because the decision has been made to charge. A solicitor would have negotiated it with the police but there is nothing we can do about that now.
I suppose you could ask CPS at court to ask the court to refer the matter back to the police for consideration of a caution. In fairness, it doesn't really make much difference from the point of view of police statistics whether you are charged or cautioned so there might not be huge opposition.
Can I clarify anything for you?