Discovering that you or your business is being investigated for white collar crime can be an unsettling and worrying time.
With any allegation of business crime or serious fraud it is highly advisable that you seek the advice of an experienced criminal solicitor. Doing so can avoid financial hardship during the course of the investigation and can help to protect your reputation. Jarmans Solicitors experienced business crime solicitor can provide you with expert legal advice and challenge demands that are made by the authorities.
A business crime is any offence that is committed by a business against a person or property. This wide-ranging definition includes a variety of crimes including:
Being found guilty of any of these offences can lead to a large fine, community order and/or a custodial sentence.
In some cases, businesses and individuals may be unaware that their business has been used for criminal activity of they may have fallen foul to the careless actions of a third party or employee. In all cases it is important to consider seeking legal advice as soon as you are aware that you are at risk of being investigated.
A serious fraud investigation will usually be started by either the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), HMRC, or the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The Fraud Act 2006 identifies three classes of fraud:
If found guilty of a serious fraud offence you can face a substantial fine and/or a prison sentence of up to ten years. Additional punishments include:
If you are concerned that you and your business are at risk of a white collar crime investigation or you are already being investigated, our criminal defence solicitor can help.
We defend all driving offences. Many offences result in penalty points being endorsed on your driving licence.
If you obtain 12 penalty points, ordinarily you will be disqualified as a ‘totter.’ If we convince the court that there is ‘Exceptional Hardship,’ especially if the hardship applies to innocent third parties such as children or employees, the Court will allow you to continue to drive.
For some offences, such as drink driving, disqualification usually follows. However, if we successfully argue that there were ‘Special Reasons’ you will not be disqualified.
We realise that keeping your driving licence is important to you and will fight for you to stay on the roads.
For contested Trials, Special Reasons and Exceptional Hardships our fees are based upon hourly rates. If you intend to plead guilty and would like us to speak to court for you, to ensure that you receive the lowest possible sentence, our fixed fees start from £550 plus 20% VAT.
If you plead guilty and intent to accept the disqualification and endorsements, the case will usually conclude on the day you enter your guilty plea in court. Contested matters are usually listed for trials within 8-14 weeks.
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