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 proceeds 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.
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. At Konta, Georges & Buza, P.C., our criminal defense attorneys are ready to talk to you about the next steps. We offer free initial consultations to all potential clients, so you have nothing to lose by speaking with an award-winning attorney at our firm.
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What You May Lose in Asset Forfeitures
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 when there is no evidence to charge a person of any crimes whatsoever. If you have been arrested for an offense involving drugs, white collar crimes, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) or enterprise corruption, you’re going to want an experienced criminal defense attorney by your side.
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 seizes during criminal forfeitures include:
- Other expensive items purchased with alleged criminal funds
No American citizen should be subject to an unlawful search and seizure. Fortunately, an effective lawyer can argue to prevent the seizure of assets on your behalf. Our partners have handled thousands of cases for New Yorkers in need of legal aid, fighting to protect their property on numerous occasions.
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Our firm’s success record includes a long list of acquittals, dismissals and favorable dispositions. Our partners know both sides of criminal trials, using their experience as prosecutors to develop aggressive strategies that get results. If you have recently been arrested and are worried about criminal forfeiture, talk to an experienced New York defense attorney today.
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