Prosecuting authorities may pursue confiscation proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) 2002 in cases where there are suspicions that an individual has acquired property such as money, goods and shares as a result of their being involved in criminal activity. In such circumstances, the court has the power to remove these assets by way of a Confiscation Order, with a judge being able to make “assumptions” about how an individual has come to own this property. The Criminal Defence Solicitors at Wilford Smith will work tirelessly to oppose such proceedings, taking a pro-active approach from the earliest stage of any investigation to challenge any assertions made by prosecutors. We will offer the most robust defence possible on your behalf and help you retain your property.
In many cases, a Confiscation Order will be sought following a criminal conviction, either as a result of a guilty plea or following a trial. This is often a very distressing experience for clients, who not only have to contend with the initial sentence imposed by the court but also the confiscation of assets. Prosecutors are inclined to take a ruthless approach in confiscation proceedings, with the laws relating to this being strictly enforced, but by instructing Wilford Smith’s expert Criminal Defence Lawyers you can be assured that all possible steps will be taken to challenge every detail of a Confiscation Order from the initial application through to enforcement.
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Our Criminal Defence Teams are based in Sheffield and London and assist clients throughout England and Wales. Contact us today on 01709 828 044 to find out how we can help.