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Are you being investigated or interviewed by the police concerning the EncroChat Communications system? Evidence obtained via intercepted EncroChat communications has so far led to 3000 arrests by forces across the UK, over 1000 convictions, the seizure of £80 million in cash, six tonnes of cocaine, and 173 firearms. As your trusted Criminal Defence advisor, our solicitors can provide expert legal advice and representation. We have an in-depth understanding of EncroChat and how the police and National Crime Agency (NCA) use evidence obtained from EncroChat communications to investigate and prosecute offences related to drugs, human trafficking, fraud, terrorism, and other serious crimes. You can trust us to provide the legal advice and representation you need to make the best decisions and receive a positive outcome.
We will provide you with extensive legal expertise, support, and guidance upon instruction. This starts at the police station, where we will liaise with the Custody Officer to discover what evidence the police have obtained through EncroChat to support their suspicions that you have committed a criminal offence. Our Criminal Defence Solicitors will also attend an interview under caution, advising you beforehand based on the evidence we obtained via the Custody Officer. Our objective in the early stages is to get the police or NCA to end their investigation and/or drop any charges before your court date.

Contact us on 0808 164 1349 or complete our online enquiry form to find out how we can advise you on matters relating to EncroChat.

Our highly experienced team of Serious Crime Solicitors will manage your case with total professionalism, ensuring you understand every element of the legal process. From the moment we take your call, you will be assigned a highly experienced, dedicated senior solicitor who will advise and guide you through your case from beginning to end.

What is EncroChat?

EncroChat functioned as a European communication network and service provider, enabling users who installed its software on their Android phones to conduct encrypted calls, send encrypted messages, and create encrypted notes. Additionally, the EncroChat software featured a 'panic' button, which, when activated, promptly wiped the phone's contents. A self-destruct function was also available.
EncroChat offered a seemingly secure communication platform that surpassed previous solutions like burner phones and Pretty Good Privacy (PGP), thanks to advancements in law enforcement's ability to break encryptions.

If it was so secure, how have authorities accessed EncroChat communications?

In 2020, collaborative efforts were undertaken between the National Crime Agency and various European law enforcement agencies to decipher EncroChat's encryption. They deployed malware onto an EncroChat user's phone, granting the police access to the contents of millions of messages transmitted through the EncroChat service. EncroChat estimated that approximately 50% of messages stored on its servers had been accessed by law enforcement. The deployed malware enabled the police to read messages before their transmission, 'read' the lock screen password, and remotely turn off the lock screen. Upon realising the security breach, EncroChat issued a message to its users, advising them to power off their phones and discard their devices. However, by the time this notice was circulated, the privacy of EncroChat's users had already been significantly compromised.

Is it illegal to use EncroChat?

It is not a crime to own or use an encrypted communications device. However, if you are involved in criminal activity and the police have intercepted messages that provide evidence that you committed or conspired to commit an offence, you may be prosecuted.

What should I do if I have used EncroChat to communicate concerning a crime?

If the police or the NCA have not been in contact, they are likely not investigating you yet. However, there is no time limit for authorities investigating serious crimes. Therefore, you may be investigated in the future. If the authorities do contact you, the best action is to get in touch with our specialist Criminal Defence Solicitors, who can advise you on what to do.

Why Wilford Smith Solicitors?

Wilford Smith was founded over 30 years ago and is now considered one of the UK's most prestigious law firms. We have developed a richly deserved reputation for excellence in our core areas of law, including criminal defence. We are more than just a law firm; we are your trusted legal advisor and will be there through every step of your case. You are never alone. Our advice, support, and representation will be tailored to your needs and specific to your case. You can be assured that exceptional outcomes are the norm with our team handling your EncroChat-related matter.

Our criminal law team advises and represents clients throughout the UK. Contact us today on 0808 168 5813 to find out how we can help you.

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