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Cash Seizure

If you have acquired money which has been deemed to be suspicious, the police have the authority to detain over £1000 for up to 48 hours (cash seizure). At Cartwright King, we understand that everyone is innocent until proven guilty and therefore have a right to a fair trial. If you are facing an allegation of illegally acquiring money, or using it in a criminal manner, it is in your best interests to get in touch with a solicitor at your earliest convenience and we will deal with your case sensibly and professionally whilst advising you throughout the entire legal process. We are available to represent you anywhere within the country and argue your case for you in court.                                

Free Initial Telephone Consultation

Our highly skilled Fraud team are here to take the worry off your hands. We can provide an initial telephone consultation to see how we can assist in your case. For more information, please call Michael Balmer on 0161 833 1411 or email

Why would your cash be seized?

Due to the legislation put forward by the Proceeds of Crime Act, it has made it more common for the police to make recovery orders against you, including cash seizures. The police can therefore seize over £1000 of your money if you are someone entering the country or if you are already in the country and have attained it illegally, or using it for illegal purposes. You can therefore have your money seized if:

  • The cash you have received has been the result of a criminal act
  • The cash you have received is going to be used in an illegal manner

Once your cash has been seized by the police, they can hold it for 48 hours and even apply to the Magistrates’ Court to detain it for up to 90 days while further investigation takes place. During this time, if the police have the appropriate evidence they can apply to permanently keep the cash. Although it can prove difficult to obtain your cash back, cash seizure is enforced by criminal law so therefore the prosecution must prove that the cash is illegal or would ‘beyond reasonable doubt’ be used for illegal purposes. 

How we can help

We acknowledge that everyone is innocent until proven guilty and therefore are entitled to a fair trial to argue their case in court. If you have been accused of attaining illegal money and/or using it for criminal purposes, our Crime Solicitors are available to argue your case and advise you throughout the entire process of the trial. We therefore promise to:

  • Represent you in court
  • Advise you throughout the entire process
  • Take the worry off your hands
  • Argue your case
  • Prepare an appeal if necessary

Given the sensitive nature surrounding this area, we will ensure to deal with your case by finding all of the facts and circumstances. During the entirety of the proceedings, we promise to demonstrate professionalism at all times and apply the best possible defence for you.

Why Choose Us?

At Cartwright King, our solicitors understand the stress and worry having your cash seized by the police can cause and the potential long term consequences that can affect you and your family. We are available to support you throughout the entire process, explain the likely outcomes and fight on your behalf.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Amidst the Coronavirus outbreak, our team of Fraud solicitors are adopting Skype video calling to continue providing excellent legal services to you.

How to make contact

If you require any legal advice or if you would like a no obligation, free initial telephone discussion, then please call us on 0808 168 5550. Alternatively you can email the Fraud team on and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Our Fraud Solicitors can provide advice across the country and are happy to meet at a time and location that suits you. We also have a network of offices in BirminghamBedfordDerbyLeedsLeicesterLondon TempleLutonManchesterMiddlesbroughNorthamptonNottingham and Sheffield.

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