Confiscation & Asset Seizure

If you have been convicted of a criminal offence, the prosecution might ask the court for a confiscation order.  If so, they could also freeze your assets to make sure that the money could be confiscated and not hidden away.  Family members such as partners and children could also be affected by a confiscation order, as could business partners and colleagues.

Our criminal defence lawyers are experts in the law around confiscation and asset seizure. We can defend and advise you, your family and your colleagues throughout the complexity of confiscation proceedings or appeals.

Confiscation proceedings demand a lot of careful analysis and thought to be given to tracing assets, calculation of benefit and working out the value of your belongings and property.  These steps will normally be taken by the investigators, but it is vital that someone on your side also does the same work, to look for mistakes or possible defences in the evidence itself.

How Dunlop Allen Can Help You With Confiscation & Asset Seizure Proceedings

It is vital that you have knowledgeable solicitors acting for you.  If a mistake is made in confiscation proceedings that ultimately means that you cannot pay the confiscation order, you are at risk of being sent to prison for not paying, so it is important that you work with defence lawyers who have the knowledge and expertise to deal with these complex cases.

We have dedicated, experienced solicitors who are renowned for their work in this complicated and often misunderstood area of law.  We can work with forensic technology specialists and forensic accountants to ensure that your defence is as strong as possible.

We also regularly advise and represent clients who need to apply to the Sheriff Court or High Court to change their confiscation order, or seek a certificate of inadequacy.  We can also help you if you are facing an application made by prosecutors to reconsider a confiscation order previously made against you.

Funding Your Case

We act on a privately paying basis, often through insurance policies and sometimes through legal aid.

We will discuss with you the likely costs of your case and will tell you if the cost is likely to be more or less than expected.  We always aim to keep your costs as low as possible and will give estimates for each stage of work planned, keeping you regularly updated about our costs.