If your company has been accused of a crime such as fraud, bribery or money laundering, you may face criminal prosecution. This type of charge can destroy both your business and your reputation. It could even lead to a prison sentence.
A Deferred Prosecution Agreement means that you could avoid prosecution. This would save your reputation and your business, and ensure your freedom.
However, negotiating this kind of agreement is complex. You need to be able to prove to the prosecutor that it’s in their interest too. You’ll also need to adhere to certain conditions dictated by them.
Successfully negotiating a Deferred Prosecution Agreement needs legal experts with specialist knowledge. We can help you there. Our lawyers have vast experience of working on Deferred Prosecution Agreements.
These agreements aren’t always possible and are only options for companies, not individuals. Our knowledge and experience means we can properly advise you on whether a Deferred Prosecution Agreement is best for you.
What Are Deferred Prosecution Agreements?
A Deferred Prosecution Agreement is an agreement made between a company and a criminal prosecutor. These agreements are often used in cases that involve crimes like:
- Conspiracy to defraud
- Money laundering
Deferred Prosecution Agreements stop legal proceedings against the company. In return, the company must cooperate with the prosecution and meet certain conditions.
Meeting these conditions means you could avoid a trial and possible prison sentence.
Why Enter Into A Deferred Prosecution Agreement?
If it’s possible for you to enter into a Deferred Prosecution Agreement, it’ll avoid you being convicted.
A Deferred Prosecution Agreement can be hugely beneficial in avoiding reputational damage. Avoiding criminal prosecution means it’ll be far easier for you to save your career.
In some cases, it could mean that you avoid serving a prison sentence or avoid paying a hefty fine. Entering into a Deferred Prosecution Agreement saves time and money involved in prosecution. So any financial sanction is likely to be less than it would be had a criminal prosecution gone ahead.
Who Do We Help?
We help companies facing prosecution for alleged involvement in crimes like money laundering or fraud. We’ll gather the facts and use our expertise to decide on whether a Deferred Prosecution Agreement is appropriate.
If your company is facing prosecution, we’ll discuss the pros and cons of a Deferred Prosecution Agreement with you. Our lawyers will also advise you on the likelihood of negotiating an agreement. If you then decide to proceed, we’ll fight to help you avoid a trial and maintain your reputation.
How Do We Help?
We work across all areas of Deferred Prosecution Agreements. We'll be there to advise and represent you every step of the way.
If we think a Deferred Prosecution Agreement’s the best option for you, we’ll do all we can to secure it.
The work we’ll do for you includes:
- Advising on whether a Deferred Prosecution Agreement would be appropriate for your case
- Advising you on how likely it is you’d be able to secure an agreement and what steps you should take
- Persuading prosecutors that a Deferred Prosecution Agreement would be appropriate for your case and beneficial for them
- Negotiating and agreeing suitable conditions for you, such as financial penalties or compensation
- Arranging for the agreement to be authorised and approved by the judge.
Why Choose Us?
Deferred Prosecution Agreements aren’t straightforward, it's a complex process. The potential advantages and disadvantages need to be carefully weighed up.
There are many factors to consider when deciding if a Deferred Prosecution Agreement is appropriate. We've got the specialist knowledge and experience to give informed advice about what would be best for you.
We’ve extensive knowledge of corporate criminal law, having worked on countless legal cases in this area. We’ll advise you on the pros and cons of each of your options. This will ensure you make an informed decision about how you’d like us to proceed.
If you’re facing prosecution due to fraud, money laundering, conspiracy to defraud, or bribery, call us today. We’ll be able to advise you on whether a Deferred Prosecution Agreement might be useful for you. In any event, we’ll fight for you all the way.
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