Those who attempt to smuggle goods into the UK risk seizure and forfeiture proceedings as a consequence of not paying the appropriate duties, or where restrictions or bans exist in relation to the sale of these goods in Britain and the EU.
Depending on the nature of the goods in question and the volume in which they are imported, criminal proceedings may be forthcoming, with substantial fines or custodial sentences arising from a conviction. The Criminal Defence Solicitors at Wilford Smith have the required skills, knowledge and determination to ruthlessly develop a top-level strategy on your behalf, and have years of experience challenging these applications and helping recover seized goods. Should you be subject to a criminal investigation, our Fraud Team can support you throughout, and lead your defence in court if required.
Cases involving smuggling offences will usually be prosecuted under the Customs and Excise Management Act 1979, which makes it an offence to knowingly import goods without paying the required duties, or to import goods to which general prohibitions apply. The former will often be goods such as alcohol and tobacco products and the latter illegal drugs. The Fraud Solicitors at Wilford Smith have years of experience when it comes to handling such cases and can provide you with clear, straight-forward, jargon-free advice to enable you to conduct the most robust defence possible.
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