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Forfeitures

Forfeiture is the government's seizure of property connected to illegal activity. Most forfeiture activity occurs under Federal law, however many states have created their own forfeiture laws.    

Forfeiture takes two distinct forms -- criminal and civil. Nearly all contemporary forfeiture involves the civil variety. Criminal forfeiture operates as punishment for a crime. It, therefore, requires a conviction, following which the state takes the assets in question from the criminal.

Civil forfeiture rests on the idea that the property itself, not the owner, has violated the law. Thus, the proceeding is directed against the thing involved in some illegal activity specified by statute. Unlike criminal forfeiture, civil forfeiture does not require a conviction or even an official criminal charge against the owner. This is the source of its attractiveness and abuse by law enforcement.  Under this scenario, you can be found not guilty of a crime, but still find yourself fighting the government for years for the return of your property.

The following are the types of items that can be seized through the forfeiture process:

  • Contraband
  • Proceeds from illegal activity
  • Tools or instrumentalities used on the commission of a crime

If your property is the subject of forfeiture proceedings, contact the Bahuriak Law Group immediately.  A complaint in an asset forfeiture matter is time sensitive and you can lose your ability to effectively contest a forfeiture if you don't act immediately.

Contact the Bahuriak Law Group at 215-413-1150 if your property is the subject of asset forfeiture proceedings or contact us here.

 

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