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 a New York criminal a defense lawyer at the Law Office of John Buza, P.C. to talk about the next steps.
Want to know more about your criminal defense options? Call 212-349-2200 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 the 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:
- 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. The Law Office of John Buza, P.C., has 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 an experienced New York defense attorney today.
Pick up the phone and dial 212-349-2200 or fill out the online contact form for a free consultation. Our office is available 24 hours a day for arraignments.