As with other criminal law matters the government provides funding by way of legal aid. This is the same in the instance where the individual is charged in relation to a theft offence. Again, the individual would have to qualify for legal aid on two grounds. Firstly, their disposable income must be below a certain amount; secondly, it must be in the interests of justice that they be represented. With such offences, as they carry lengthy custodial sentences the individual would most definitely satisfy the latter criterion.