Duncan Lewis criminal solicitors can advise on Confiscation Orders under Section 2 of the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) – and civil asset recovery proceedings such as Restraint Orders under Section 5 of POCA.
Confiscation Orders are imposed under the Drug Trafficking Act 1994 (DTA) and Part VI of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 (amended by the Powers of Criminal Courts Act 1995 (CJA)).
A confiscation order may be imposed by the court to recover assets acquired as a result of crime, once a criminal conviction has been obtained against an individual.
This might apply in cases of fraud, theft, drug offences – or any criminal conviction involving the acquisition of money or property as a result of criminal activity.
The court can take steps to preserve assets subject to a Confiscation Order – by freezing bank accounts, for example.
It is vital to seek legal advice from a specialist criminal solicitor as soon as possible, if there is a possibility that conviction would lead to confiscation order proceedings.
It is possible to negotiate any sums demanded by the court – but once a Confiscation Order has not been complied with, the matter may proceed to a Magistrates’ Court for the Order to be enforced as a fine, or even to the High Court, where a receiver might be appointed.
Duncan Lewis criminal solicitors can advise at any stage of a criminal charge where a Confiscation Order might be imposed.
Duncan Lewis has considerable expertise in defending clients in confiscation order proceedings, whether in a Magistrates’ Court or High Court – including negotiating any sums of money or properties demanded by the court under the Order.
The Duncan Lewis Crime Department is ranked in Legal 500 2014 for its General Crime and White Collar Fraud Work.
Duncan Lewis criminal solicitors have acknowledged expertise in case building based on a sound knowledge of the criminal justice system – and a successful track record in representing clients in confiscation order negotiations.
Duncan Lewis represents clients at Police Stations, Magistrates’ Courts, Crown Courts and at Appeal Courts, such as the Court of Appeal – and has highly experienced Higher Court Advocates with a background in conducting serious fraud cases.
There are Duncan Lewis offices nationwide in England and Wales – and a criminal defence solicitor from Duncan Lewis can usually reach a client at a police station or court within 45 minutes.
We aim for the best possible outcome for clients facing confiscation order proceedings – call Duncan Lewis motoring offence solicitors 020 7923 4020 for expert legal advice on Confiscation Orders.
For 24/7 help at a police station, call the Duncan Lewis Emergency Hotline on 020 7275 2036.
Duncan Lewis advises clients who are facing confiscation order proceedings to contact us as soon as possible.
Duncan Lewis criminal solicitors can advise even before a criminal charge is brought – as well as advising on negotiating Confiscation Orders and appeals against Confiscation Orders.
Duncan Lewis criminal solicitors are a leading provider of Legal Aid criminal defence services.
Legal Aid is means tested and may only be available in certain circumstances, however – Duncan Lewis can advise further on Legal Aid at the initial client meeting.
In cases where a client may not be eligible for Legal Aid, Duncan Lewis criminal solicitors offer competitively-priced fee levels for private client representation – with fixed fees and advance notice of costs whenever possible.
In some cases, after the event insurance may also be a funding option.
Call Duncan Lewis Criminal Solicitors to discuss Confiscation Orders and Proceedings on 020 7923 4020.