Serious organised crime, as the title suggests, refers to the planning and execution of criminal offences with significant social and economic cost by a syndicate. The group of people may be located in the same town/state/county, the same country or in different parts of the world. Technology has made serious and organised crime easier to commit as members of the same gang may, for instance, plan and implement criminal activities from different parts of the world. Some of the more common offences under Serious Organised Crime include human trafficking, drug related offences (Class A), money laundering, major gun crime, smuggling, prostitution and fraud. The criminal offences in this category are usually committed by gangs or a group of people who all stand to make illicit gains from their illegal activities.
In the UK, the investigating body charged with the power to investigate and prosecute offenders is the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA). SOCA monitors the activities of suspected serious organised crime gang members and works in collaboration with other law enforcement agencies in many parts of the world. According to SOCA and Home Office reports, serious organised crime costs the UK in the region of £20 to £40 billion every year. The Courts and investigating authorities are therefore very eager to bring justice to as many organised crime groups as possible. While this zeal is commendable on one hand, it can also be blamed on the other hand for the investigation and subsequent arrests of innocent people who may have been dragged through an unnecessary turbulent time in their professional and private lives at the end of which very little or no apologies are offered.
Defending allegations of Serious Organised Crime
The fact that you know a member of a serious organised crime gang does not necessarily mean that you are a member as well or indeed that you are privy to their activities. This is a point that we have had to make clear to SOCA and other law enforcement agencies in the past on our clients’ behalves. Our serious crime lawyers are very adept at dealing with SOCA and other related bodies. Their combined knowledge, high level of expertise and years of experience are invaluable assets when it comes to vigorously and proactively defending clients charged with serious organised crime. Serious organised crime very often attracts significant custodial sentence and subsequent POCA proceedings for the seizure and forfeiture of cash, asset confiscation and restraints; all of which hold very serious impacts for anyone. The legal assistance, advice and robust representation of a well grounded, highly experienced and professional criminal defence solicitors network.
Contact us today with facts and details about the alleged offence or arrange for a very discreet and confidential meeting with one of our serious and organised crime specialists. Contact us today and take the first step towards getting your life back.