Confiscation Proceedings & The Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA)
We have a large and experienced Criminal Defence department and we are experienced in dealing with POCA cases.
The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA) is an Act of Parliament which provides for the confiscation or civil recovery of the proceeds from crime and contains the principal money laundering legislation in the UK. The purpose of the Act is to regain some of the money gained by people carrying out criminal activities.
If you have been convicted of a criminal offence, proceeds of crime proceedings will be on a criminal basis.
If a criminal conviction has not been made, the authorities may still choose to pursue a proceeds of crime prosecution in order to recover funds or assets.
Proceedings will be on a civil basis where someone has had items seized by the police because they suspect them to be the proceeds of crime. Criminal charges do not need to be brought.
It is important to have specialist legal representation at a POCA court hearing. Mounting a strong defence against these allegations can help to protect the assets that are being pursued by the authorities.
In many cases the assets involved are important to the family of the person being prosecuted and may include the family home.
Contact us for more information or to discuss your case.