Sam Stein QC
” Confiscation / POCA is a complicated area that requires a top barrister.”
The Proceeds Of Crime Act 2002 (POCA) not only enables courts to recoup money from criminals that have profited from their ventures, but it gives various authorities the power to be able to seize assets and freeze cash. The aim of this is to ensure that a person is less able to hide their wealth during court hearings, and also to help ensure that more money can be recovered from those that have profited from a criminal lifestyle.
However, whether you are innocent or guilty of the crime that you are accused of committing, you should still ensure that you have enough to live on during the case, and you should also have a legal team that is able to protect as much of your money as you are rightfully entitled to keep. Cases that involve the Proceeds Of Crime Act can be complex, due to the nature of delving through thousands of financial records, and the cases themselves can be prolonged while the prosecution attempt to ensure that they have all the details of any assets that are owned by the accused.
A strong legal team can help ensure that the case is resolved sooner, and that you are left with what is still rightfully yours even if you are found guilty and are subsequently fined by the courts.
The cases that most commonly involved POCA investigation are financial crimes. Serious fraud, organised crime rings, and drug dealing and production are considered to be those with the highest risk of the accused profiting from their crimes, and these are also the cases that are more likely to involve the hiding of assets and cash. As such, considerable investigation may be undertaken by a number of authorities and government agencies to help ensure the recovery of a greater portion of criminal wealth.
POCA cases are complex, and they often require the services of professional witnesses, especially those that are experienced in dealing with large volumes of financial data. Your lawyer should help ensure that you have the appropriate team on hand to secure the most desirable outcome for your case.
© 2014 Sam Stein QC