ASSET FORFEITURE DEFENSE
Laws allowing forfeiture of assets as part of a criminal prosecution – or even without any criminal proceeding at all – are sprinkled throughout the United States Code.
When law enforcement officials suspect that an individual is using property or assets in a criminal enterprise or civil fraud, they could seize those goods, properties, and monies. Agencies can legally seize assets as soon as their application for forfeiture is approved by the court – even before a trial is scheduled.
Government agencies can attempt to take your assets as part of a criminal judicial forfeiture, civil judicial forfeiture, or administrative forfeiture.
Fortunately, there is help available to stop asset forfeiture. No matter the government agency or method used to seize your assets, you are entitled to due process. If your assets have been seized, or are in danger of being seized, it is critical that you consult with an attorney immediately. Do not waive any rights, enter into any agreements or consent to a forfeiture without speaking to your attorney.