If you have been convicted of a criminal offence, the prosecution might ask the court for a confiscation order. If so, they could also freeze your assets to make sure that the money could be confiscated and not hidden away. Family members such as partners and children could also be affected by a confiscation order, as could business partners and colleagues.
Our criminal defence lawyers are experts in the law around confiscation and asset seizure. We can defend and advise you, your family and your colleagues throughout the complexity of confiscation proceedings or appeals.
Confiscation proceedings demand a lot of careful analysis and thought to be given to tracing assets, calculation of benefit and working out the value of your belongings and property. These steps will normally be taken by the investigators, but it is vital that someone on your side also does the same work, to look for mistakes or possible defences in the evidence itself.
How Irwin Mitchell Can Help You With Confiscation & Asset Seizure Proceedings
It is vital that you have knowledgeable solicitors acting for you. If a mistake is made in confiscation proceedings that ultimately means that you cannot pay the confiscation order, you are at risk of being sent to prison for not paying, so it is important that you work with defence lawyers who have the knowledge and expertise to deal with these complex cases.
We have a team of dedicated, experienced solicitors who are renowned for their work in this complicated and often misunderstood area of law. We can work with forensic technology specialists and forensic accountants to ensure that your defence is as strong as possible.
We also regularly advise and represent clients who need to apply to the Crown Court or High Court to change their confiscation order or seek a certificate of inadequacy. We can also help you if you are facing an application made by prosecutors to reconsider a confiscation order previously made against you. Our team is rated as one of the leaders in this area of law by independent guides to the legal profession, Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.
Funding Your Case
We act on a privately paying basis, often through insurance policies and sometimes through legal aid.
We will discuss with you the likely costs of your case and will tell you if the cost is likely to be more or less than expected. We always aim to keep your costs as low as possible and will give estimates for each stage of work planned, keeping you regularly updated about our costs.
Call Today For A No-Obligation Discussion
If you have been convicted of an offence and been told that a confiscation order or similar type of order will be applied for, then please contact our team as soon as possible. We are available and accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to deal with urgent requests to defend and represent you.
For an initial discussion, with no obligation, call Sarah Wallace on 020 7421 3876 or Paul Haycock on 0114 274 4275. Alternatively, contact us online and we will get back to you.