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Asset Forfeiture

Asset Forfeiture

New York Criminal Defense Attorney Protecting Against Criminal or Civil Asset Forfeiture

Whether or not a person is arrested for a criminal offense, the government may seize the person’s property under the theory that the property itself is the proceed of criminal activity. This property is or may be at risk of “forfeiture.” Under federal law, this “forfeiting” of the property can be done either in the context of a criminal case or in a civil case. The same is true under New York state law. The legal standards associated with asset forfeiture are different under New York state law and federal law.

The forfeitures of property are often used to unfairly punish individuals who have been charged with a crime and can even be used against individuals where there is no evidence to charge people of any crimes whatsoever. If you have been arrested for an offense like drug crimes, white collar crimes, RICO, or enterprise corruption, you’re going to want an experienced criminal defense attorney by your side. Moreover, if your property has been unfairly taken away from you by the police or the District Attorney’s Office, there are steps you can take to get your property back. Contact our New York criminal defense lawyer at the Law Office of John Buza, P.C. to talk next steps.

Want to know more about your criminal defense options? Call (212) 577-9328 to discuss your case.

What You May Lose in Asset Forfeitures

Asset forfeitures can happen even if you’re not convicted. In the process, you may lose income that your family needs, or even items you require for your day-to-day livelihood.

Assets the government typically seize during criminal forfeitures include:

  • Cash
  • Cars
  • Homes
  • Businesses
  • Other expensive items purchased with alleged criminal funds

Call Our New York Criminal Defense Lawyer

No American citizen should be subject to unlawful search and seizure. Fortunately, an effective lawyer can argue to prevent the seizure of assets on your behalf. At the Law Office of John Buza, P.C., we have handled thousands of cases for New Yorkers in need of legal aid, fighting to protect their property on numerous occasions.

Our success record includes a long list of acquittals, dismissals, and favorable dispositions. Before founding our firm, Attorney John Buza was a Manhattan prosecutor, so he knows both sides of criminal trials. With distinctions from Super Lawyers Rising Stars℠, America’s Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys, The National Top 1000 Trial Lawyers, and the Clients’ Choice and Superb 10.0 awards from Avvo®, the John Buza difference is clear. If you have recently been arrested and are worried about criminal forfeiture, talk to our experienced New York defense attorney today.

Pick up the phone and dial (212) 577-9328, or fill out our online contact form for a free consultation.


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