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Search and Seizure
If you have found yourself the target of a search and seizure operation - commonly referred to as a dawn raid - it is likely you experienced a great deal of stress and worry. In cases such as these, immediate legal advice can make a very important difference. The solicitors at JMW will instruct you on the best course of action, offering a dedicated service to clients looking for guidance through this difficult period.
Contact us for help and support if you have been accused of hiding materials relevant to an investigation. Get in touch with our search and seizure solicitors by calling us on 0345 872 6666 or fill in our online enquiry form and we will be in touch.
About Search and Seizure
Search and seizure operations are carried out when powers are granted permitting the searching of premises, with the goal of finding and seizing materials that are relevant to an investigation. Also known as “dawn raids”, they involve an unannounced visit from an investigator, such as those from:
- The police
- The Financial Conduct Authority
- The Health and Safety Executive
- HM Revenue & Customs
- The Serious Fraud Office
Most of the time, investigators will be operating under powers awarded by the court, as well as statute that allows for the seizure of material relevant to an investigation.
If you or your business is subjected to search and seizure operations, you need to act quickly. Our solicitors recommend those involved should do the following:
- Take note of the time of arrival by the police
- Ask to see identification from all the offers attending the scene
- Request that they wait for the arrival of your legal representative before searching the property
- Ensure that no employees are questioned by the police
- Watch the officers at all times, and shadow them where possible
- If possible, photograph any equipment taken by police
- Ensure you are given a receipt for all items taken by the police
Our highly experienced legal team will instruct you on the best course of action to take if you are subject to a search and seizure operation. We can recommend the best ways to deal with certain issues, such as what to do if you require the seized materials for your day-to-day work.
We act on behalf of individuals, companies, partnerships and large corporations where they require 24-hour on-site crisis management in cases involving dawn raids.
Why Choose JMW?
The private client criminal law service offered by JMW is a complete service dedicated to helping clients who want the very best legal assistance to guide them through difficult periods. Our bespoke offering is designed for professionals and corporate clients, allowing us to provide a more focused and tailored service every step of the way.
Given the complex nature of search and seizure cases, clients will likely find the ability to liaise with experienced and high-achieving solicitors invaluable.
It is not uncommon in raids for computers and computer material to be seized. Our legal team includes forensic technology specialists who can advise on how to deal with the recovery of hardware and data, especially if you require these items for work purposes.
We are also able to offer advice in various other ways, including:
- Representation following arrest
- Assistance with employment concerns
- Personal and corporate reputational management
- Corporate recovery and personal insolvency
- Corporate and commercial litigation
The seizure of money can be particularly distressing for the person involved. This is usually carried out either to prevent a person from benefiting from a crime or from using money in an illegal way. However, being the target of this action can have serious financial and personal consequences. For this reason, the right legal advice is essential.
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