Individuals do not have a right to silence as in regular police interviews and it is imperative that lawyers are instructed from the outset. A failure to comply with a section 2 notice without reasonable excuse, and the provision of false or misleading section 1 notice is an offence punishable by up to six months’ imprisonment for failure to comply or two years imprisonment for providing false or misleading information as well as a fine. It is important to remember that the SFO’s actions will often depend on the response it receives from those under investigation.
Generally, compliance with a Section 2 Notice can be more complex and protracted than it might initially seem. The recipient of the notice should seek legal advice as soon as possible in connection with the notice itself and also in connection with the ramifications of being a recipient of such a notice which can be extensive. Contact our lawyers today by calling +44 (0) 203 666 5155 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.