Proceeds of Crime

Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) confiscation proceedings are now a matter of routine upon conviction for variety of offences including drug importation, supply (dealing) or production, moneylaundering, un/under declared earnings to HMRC, or earnings from serious crime like burglaries/robberies. It is used to further punish those convicted by confiscating the defendants monetary benefit from the criminal activity.

Mortons Solicitors have expertise in defending against applications under the Proceeds of Crime Act made by Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), National Crime Agency (NCA) (Formerly Serious Crime Agency SOCA), Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) and HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). This is a highly specialist area of law.

The defendant will be required to account for all of their assets and income for the last SIX years. The presumption for 'criminal lifestyle' offences under the Proceeds of Crime Act is that ALL income is the result of the proceeds from the criminal activity and therefore may be subject to mandatory consfiscation. Often we find the figure far exceeds the defendants realisable assets and sometimes is increased by supposed hidden assets. It is especially important to seek specialist legal advice because of the consequences for failing to pay can result in lengthy custodial prison sentences.

Whether you have legitimate business assets or have no assets, Mortons Solicitors will support you through the Proceeds of Crime Act application. Through our dedication and analytical mindset we have succeeded in vastly reducing the consfiscation figure by as much as hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Morton’s Solicitors can advise you and provide expert representation at Court. Call us now for immediate advice.

 

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