POCA empowers the courts to reclaim additional assets that may have been acquired as a result of the crimes committed.
It is the job of the defendant’s solicitors to ensure that the figure reached by the courts is fair and that certain assets are not considered under two or more headings.
However, there is considerable room for error in the calculations that courts make. As well as the money directly made from the crimes, the court has the power to demand any profit made by investing this money and any assets purchased through it.
It is up the defendant to argue that the amount determined by the court is incorrect and a failure to do this can lead to substantial debt. If the debt remains unpaid, then additional fines and in the most severe cases, even a prison sentence could be considered as punishment. By utilising the services of an expert firm of solicitors specialised in dealing with assets and monies under POCA it is the defendant can be assured that the calculations for confiscation are accurate and that the figure adopted by the court is the correct one.
Whether the courts have already established a POCA payment figure, or they are due to provide this information in the near future, you should contact Freeman & Co Solicitors to advice and represent you throughout the confiscation proceedings.
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