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Organised CrimeMeet the team
The organised crime defence solicitors at DPP Law have successful experience of providing assistance to clients accused of an organised crime offence connected with serious illegal activity.
In cases where a particular offence or set of offences occurs as the result of planning or conspiracy by a group of people, it can be difficult for the police to judge where the chain ends.
The organised crime solicitors at DPP Law work with clients facing organised crime charges by helping to look through records and correspondence and speaking to witnesses in order to gather proof that they had no criminal involvement with the activities in question.
We also assist in building a strong defence and representing defendants in a court of law in order to have any charges dropped or any sentence commuted to a lesser punishment.
You do not need to be directly involved in crime to face penalties for organised crime offences. Activities such as handling or hiding the proceeds of crime, or, in certain circumstances, simply failing to report a friend’s criminal activity, may result in organised crime charges.
If you are concerned that you may have been in any way falsely implicated in illegal activity or accused of an organised crime offence, the first step you should take is to make contact with an expert organised crime solicitor straight away.
Depending on the activities of which you are accused, if you are facing allegations of organised crime offences, you may be suspected of:
- Planning, coordinating and managing criminal activities
- Participating in activities such as the provision of materials, services, infrastructure and information that contributes to the criminality and capability of the organised crime group
- Money laundering
- Handling the proceeds of crime
- Concealing or disguising the proceeds of crime
- Destroying evidence
- Assisting an offender
- Wasting police time
The severity of penalties for organised crime depends on the nature of the offences committed. However, due to the nature of organised crime, many illegal activities associated with it feature some element of planning or premeditation – which serves as an aggravating factor in many cases. Because of this, it’s vital that you get in touch with organised crime defence solicitors as soon as you learn of any investigation into your activities.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is considered organised crime?
In UK law, the definition of organised crime is extremely broad – which is why it is important to have the assistance of an experienced organised crime solicitor when planning your defence.
The Department of Justice defines this offence as: “a group of people involved in serious criminal activities for substantial profit”. They add that “violence and threat of violence can be used by organised criminals in some cases, however, the main aim is financial gain”.
What are the penalties for organised crime offences?
A “participation offence” is punishable by up to five years in prison, or a fine, or both. However, direct involvement in serious organised crime may see perpetrators jailed for up to life in prison if their offences include particularly harmful or fatal acts.
Organised crime defence solicitors can provide defendants with the vital representation they require to avoid a very serious sentence for offences they did not commit.
What should I do if I’ve been accused of an organised crime offence?
Whatever the seriousness of the criminal acts in which your involvement is suspected, your first port of call should be to make contact with a specialist organised crime solicitor.
Following this, you should gather all records of your correspondence with the other suspects involved and your activities at the times when the offences in question are alleged to have taken place, and then work alongside your chosen legal representative to build your defence.
There is a great deal that the solicitors at DPP Law can do to prevent you from being implicated in crimes in which you had no involvement. Contact us today to see how we can assist you.