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What are the changes to sentencing for burglary offences?

Revised sentencing guidelines for domestic, non-domestic and aggravated burglary offences in England and Wales, will come into effect on 1 July 2022.

The Sentencing Guidelines Council have published new sentencing guidelines in respect of burglary offences.

The revised guidelines follow the newer stepped format of more recent guidelines issued by the Council and introduce new middle categories for both culpability and harm factors.

This gives the courts greater flexibility, reflecting the full range and seriousness of burglary offences that come to court.

The Council have also made a number of changes to culpability and harm factors across all guidelines, in response to feedback from the consultation and testing with judges and magistrates. The changes ensure that the harm factors fully reflect the distress suffered by burglary victims.

Contact the Public Defender Service to instruct our criminal defence lawyers for representation for burglary offences.