January 23, 2015

What is the Proceeds of Crime Act?

The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 is an act of parliament that allows the recovery of financial proceeds made from crime. The POCA 2002 is the UK’s main piece of legislation regarding money laundering. The principal money laundering offences carry a maximum penalty of 14 years imprisonment. The act is used to cover crimes linked to and supported by money laundering In England and Wales, the POCA also covers the following lifestyle offences: Drug Trafficking, Directing Terrorism, People Trafficking, Arms Trafficking Counterfeiting, Intellectual Property, Pimps and Brothels, Blackmail and Inchoate Offences.

The act has since been amended by the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act, and the Serious Crime act 2007. In order to make a case under the POCA, the prosecution must be able to provide evidence of both criminal conduct and criminal property. They must also prove that the proceeds benefit from criminal conduct in money laundering prosecutions.

What should I do if I am facing charges under the POCA?

If you are facing supposed charges under the POCA you should get advice from a legal specialist as soon as possible who can help you through the often complicated legal process. Qamar Solicitors LLP employ a team of specialist fraud solicitors, Huddersfield and Dewsbury based, who operate throughout Yorkshire. Our highly skilled fraud solicitors are caring and attentive; committed to helping you through what we understand can be a stressful and upsetting time. Qamar’s professional local team will help provide you with an expert defence no matter what the severity or nature of your fraudulent crime.

How can the specialist POCA solicitors at Qamar LLP help you?

The criminal defence team at Qamar is highly experienced in money laundering, people trafficking and POCA proceedings. If you are under investigation for any of these offences, or are subject to POCA proceedings, contact the criminal defence lawyers at Qamar Solicitors immediately for urgent specialist legal advice.