At Rodney King & Partners we understand that being accused of benefit fraud can be a stressful experience. Whether you are due to attend for an interview with a DWP investigator, or you have already been interviewed and are now charged with an offence to attend Court, we can offer professional advice and representation throughout the process.
We are experienced in dealing with DWP investigations and prosecutions, and we will advise you about the offence under investigation, the evidence and consider if you have a defence to put forward.
Allegations can arise for a number of reasons. It may simply be a case that you have not kept the DWP informed and up-to-date about changes in your circumstances, such as an increase in your income, which has resulted in you being overpaid benefit.
In other cases it may be that you have intentionally misled the DWP in order to gain benefits that you were not entitled to.
We understand the pressures involved and we will ensure that you have the opportunity to put forward a full explanation. We will liaise with the DWP on your behalf and advise you about the investigation process. We can also accompany you if a formal interview is required.
It you are to be interviewed then you may be eligible for Legal Aid. This will depend on the income and capital for you and, where applicable, your partner. If you are to be prosecuted and have to attend Court, we can also advise you about applying for Legal Aid.
We will need to consider if you have a defence at law and accordingly prepare your case for a trial.
However if you decide after receiving our advice that you will be pleading guilty, then we will find out all the relevant factors in your background to put forward the strongest mitigation on your behalf at Court in order that you receive a fair hearing. This may result in the Magistrates giving you a lesser sentence than they have may otherwise.
Not all cases of benefit fraud will result in criminal prosecution. In some cases it may be possible to negotiate the repayment of any benefits to which you were not entitled over a period of time, with no criminal charges being pursued.
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