We are an independent legal practice that provides a complete specialist legal service in court proceedings related to asset confiscation and proceeds of crime.
SDR Law is able to advise, prepare documentation for and appear in any proceeding instituted under the Confiscation Act 1997 (Vic) and the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Cth).
If your property has been restrained and is at risk of being confiscated, contact SDR Law today to discuss your situation. We can help. We protect your legal rights.
Proceedings under the Confiscation Act 1997 or the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Cth) begin when a restraining order that is made over your property. This prevents any dealing with the property. The property may be anything of value including land, cars, a bank account, shares or jewellery.
If you have an interest in property that has been restrained (for example, joint ownership of a house that has been restrained), unless you act to enforce your rights, your interest too will be at risk of forfeiture, even though you have done nothing wrong.
Whether you are the accused or an innocent third party, if your property is restrained, the confiscation law provides ways for you to protect your interest from being confiscated. The Confiscation Act and Proceeds of Crime Act provide mechanisms to exclude your interest from the restraining order while the restraining order is still active, or in certain circumstances, to exclude your property from forfeiture, even after forfeiture has occurred.
If your property is affected by a restraining order, it is vital that you obtain advice from SDR Law about your legal rights immediately you become aware of the restraining order, because many of the protective processes are time limited.
Specialist advice and advocacy in litigation related to asset confiscation and proceeds of crime.
The principal of SDR Law, Robert Sdraulig, has broad legal experience, including practice as a solicitor with a major law firm and as a barrister at the Victorian Bar.
For a number of years now, Robert's practice has been focussed on confiscation/proceeds of crime.
Initially, Robert was employed as a senior lawyer with the Office of Public Prosecutions, within its Proceeds of Crime Directorate. Since establishing SDR Law in 2010, Robert has acted for defendants. From his experience in acting for both the prosecution and defendants, Robert has developed an extensive and nuanced understanding of the law related to proceeds of crime and confiscation. Robert is aware of all recent judgments and how the law is evolving in this area. Importantly, from his prosecution experience, Robert understands the policy drivers of the major government agencies responsible for enforcing the law.
SDR Law's specialist confiscation practice is able to advise on, prepare evidence for (including expert evidence), represent you in Court or negotiate the settlement of all legal proceedings under the Confiscation Act 1997 and Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Cth), including the following:
Exclusion order applications;
Applications for exclusion from forfeiture, civil forfeiture and automatic forfeiture;
Opposition to applications for pecuniary penalty orders; and
Appellate practice in relation to all of the above proceedings.
If your property has been restrained under the Confiscation Act or the Proceeds of Crime Act, for expert advice and representation, call us today.
SDR Law strives to provide its clients with an exceptional legal service. Our service is responsive to your individual needs, as the situation demands. SDR Law is results driven. This is reflected in the successful outcomes SDR Law has achieved for numerous clients. To achieve this success, Robert personally attends to and brings his considerable skill to all aspects of preparing your case, from obtaining initial instructions, to giving clear legal advice, preparing your evidence, and appearing in Court in the event it is necessary. SDR Law has a strong track record for settling confiscation matters prior to a court hearing. The result for you of this care and attention is that your rights under the law are protected and that you obtain the best possible outcome for your matter.