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Benefit Fraud Solicitors

Criminal Defence

If you’re facing accusations of benefit fraud and found guilty, you could be looking at significant prison time. Having the right legal representation is the difference when it comes to staying out of prison. Our meticulous benefit fraud lawyers will build the best possible case to prove your innocence and protect your interests.

For frank legal advice from a dedicated Cartwright King Benefit Fraud Defence Solicitor, get in touch now.

How our Benefit Fraud Solicitors can help with your case

Benefit fraud cases require a focused, dedicated solicitor that will scrutinise the evidence against you closely. Our Lawyers are meticulous, doing everything they can to pick holes in the evidence against you and use it to your advantage. 

We work tirelessly to clear you of any wrongdoing. From start to finish we can help with:

  • Accusations of failing to inform the benefit office of your true financial circumstances when claiming benefits – for example, claiming Job Seekers’ Allowance while working
  • Allegations of misleading the benefit office over circumstances at home – for example living with someone, but claiming benefits as a lone parent
  • Accusations of using a false identity to claim benefits
  • Allegations of failing to notify the benefit office of a change in your circumstances that would affect your entitlement to benefits

If you need legal advice concerning any type of benefit fraud allegation, get in touch with Cartwright King today. 

Unique Advocacy Services

Our unique advocacy services give you constant and consistent legal representation. Cartwright King can represent you at every stage of your case, giving you reliable, professional and effective legal guidance whenever and wherever you need us.

We can provide legal representation from the police station through to the Higher Courts. When you need us most, we will be there with the legal know-how and calm head to guide you through your case.

Interview Under Caution

If fraud investigators suspect you have committed a benefit offence, it’s likely that you will be summoned to an interview under caution. An interview under caution can be demanding, intimidating and stressful, while evidence you give can be used against you in Court.

That’s why having a Cartwright King Benefit Fraud Defence Solicitor in your corner ensures that your legal rights are protected. We can assist you with an interview under caution and help you develop an action plan to empower you to stand up for yourself.

Benefit from a Free, Initial Telephone Conversation

If you suspect that you’re going to be investigated, or you’re already under investigation, you can benefit from a free, initial telephone call with a Cartwright King Benefit Fraud Defence Solicitor.

If you’re suspected of benefit fraud, there’s no substitute for speaking to a specialist solicitor.

For immediate action, call us or email us for your free* initial discussion. 

The discussion is completely informal and confidential, and is an opportunity for us to:

  • Get to know you 
  • Understand your situation
  • Agree how you want to proceed

*Please be aware that this is a ‘get to know you’ call and no advice will be given.

Why Choose Cartwright King Benefit Fraud Solicitors?

We listen, we understand and we care about what happens to you. We know that allegations of benefit fraud could lead to prison and potentially cut you off from funds that you genuinely depend on to get by. 

Our advice is backed by experience of dealing with all manner of benefit fraud allegations. You can trust this experience to help you navigate accusations made against you. There aren’t many situations we haven’t come across before when dealing with benefit fraud cases. 

Our dedicated Benefit Fraud Defence Lawyers  go above and beyond to give you the support you need, for added peace of mind that your case is in good hands.

Working with a specialist Cartwright King solicitor gives you the assurance of having access to legal counsel who will advise you at every stage of your case. 

We’re committed to defending your legal rights and ensuring that you’re treated fairly throughout your case. When you need us most, we’ll be there to offer sound, sensible legal advice and sure guidance.  

We’re a trusted, resourceful Legal 500 top tier law firm with specialist solicitors that are calm under pressure, giving you defence counsel that you can count on, no matter how complex your case.

Benefit Fraud Legal Fees

If your financial situation makes it hard to afford legal advice and representation, get in touch with us, either by giving us a call or sending an email, as you might be eligible for Legal Aid. If you are, then we will give you advice on how to proceed and show your eligibility.

In case you don’t classify for Legal Aid, our criminal investigations solicitors will present you with affordable fee levels and fixed fees, as well as advance notice of charges when possible.

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Frequently asked questions.

Cartwright King will do everything we can to help you avoid prosecution, giving you sound, sensible legal advice and sure guidance throughout legal proceedings.

If your case does go to Court and you are convicted, benefit fraud is punishable by up to seven years in prison. Plus, your benefits could be cut off or you may have to repay the overpayments.

A guilty plea can reduce your sentence for benefit fraud by up to a third. The length by which a sentence is reduced depends on how soon you enter a guilty plea. The later you plead guilty as your case progresses, the smaller the sentence reduction.

Pleading guilty ‘early on’ means entering the plea within the ‘first stage of proceedings’ and anytime up to and including your first hearing at the Magistrates’ Court or the Crown Court for indictable offences.

If you enter your plea within 14 days of the first hearing, the maximum reduction you can expect is one-fifth off any sentence handed down. For indictable offences, you have 28 days to enter a guilty plea after the prosecutor has stated compliance with section 3 of CPIA 1996 and serving disclosure.

However, the decision is ultimately down to the discretion of the Judge to determine the level of reduction that is applied to a sentence.

After the 28-day period expires, sentence reduction is considered on a sliding scale, with a one-tenth reduction if a guilty plea is entered on the first day of a trial, right down to zero reduction if a guilty plea is entered after day one of a trial.

Yes. You could be subject to Ancillary Orders, which are additional punishments added to a sentence and can affect the finances of any dependents, your property or business or future financial activity.

Ancillary Orders that can be added if you are found guilty of benefit fraud can include:

  • Compensation for loss
  • Confiscation orders
  • Disqualification from directing a company
  • Financial reporting order
  • Restraint orders
  • Reparation orders

Amid a benefit fraud investigation against you, any assets you have could be frozen. Meanwhile, the Court could also make you subject to the payment of costs applied for by prosecutors.

Examples of benefit fraud include:

  • Deliberately failing to tell the benefit office about your true financial circumstances when you claimed the benefit. For example, you were working while claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance or you did not declare all your savings because you knew that it would affect your entitlement to the benefit
  • Deliberately failing to tell the benefit office about your true household circumstances. For example, you were living with someone but claiming benefits as a lone parent
  • Using a false identity or using false documents to claim benefits. For example, you used a false birth certificate so that you could claim Child Benefit
  • Deliberately not telling the benefit office about a change of circumstances because you knew that it would affect your entitlement to the benefit

You may have been contacted by the benefit office because you have been overpaid benefit. This is not necessarily fraud but can run parallel to a fraud investigation.

Cartwright King have recourse to experts and fraud solicitors who can assist with the civil overpayment and advise you on appealing the alleged overpayment. 

Often we find overpayments are incorrectly calculated by the investigating authority. Reducing the overpayment amount can have a drastic effect on whether the person is prosecuted and the amounts that can be considered in confiscation proceedings. The DWP and local authorities are pursuing defendants in proceeds of crime act hearings, an area that Cartwright King specialises in.