Asset forfeiture is when the government confiscates your property regardless of whether you are guilty or innocent of a crime.
Police can seize your property without charging you with a crime. This includes taking your money, vehicles and home. Every year, law enforcement agencies use federal and state laws to seize assets worth billions of dollars from people who are not convicted of or charged with a crime.
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Asset forfeiture is the technical name for when the government confiscates your property. In theory, asset forfeiture programs are supposed to help law enforcement agencies to fight criminal activity by depriving criminals of the proceeds of illegal activity, deterring crime and restoring property to victims of crime. But, in practice, the asset forfeiture laws can do a lot of damage to the lives of innocent people.
Asset forfeiture may happen without regard to whether the property owner is guilty or innocent.Police can seize your property without charging you with a crime. This includes taking your money, vehicles and home. Every year, law enforcement agencies use federal and state laws to seize assets worth billions of dollars from people who are not convicted of or charged with a crime.
Asset forfeiture laws create a revenue stream for local and federal law enforcement agencies
Asset forfeiture laws originated in the 1970s and 1980s as a way of fighting drug trafficking.Today, property seizure has been extended to almost anyone who is stopped and/or searched by police. When your property has been confiscated through asset forfeiture, getting your property back can be very difficult. You need a law firm experienced in asset forfeiture laws and procedures to help you reclaim your property.
At Law Office of Nayib Hassan, we help our clients reclaim their property when it has been seized by a local, state or federal law enforcement agency.We hold government accountable to show that the property was connected to an illegal activity. We can help you prove that the property came from a legitimate source and can often negotiate the return of your property without a trial.
Defense strategies vary depending on the circumstances of the asset forfeiture
Several defense strategies can be used to help you regain your property:
Innocent owner defense: Showing that the property owner is innocent and did not know about or consent to any illegal use of their property.
Unreasonable delay defense: Demonstrating that the government delay in filing charges hindered your ability to get your property back.
Disproportional fine defense: If the amount of property seized does not seem in proportion to the severity of the offense, confiscating property may be considered unjust and unconstitutional.
Statutory defenses: Other, more specific defense strategies are often available under federal or state laws.
Nothing is more important than picking up the phone and contacting a criminal defense attorney after being accused of or arrested on a criminal charge. Even if you haven’t been arrested yet and the police are simply investigating their suspicions, it is in your best interest to pursue legal counsel as soon as you are able to.
At Law Office of Nayib Hassan, our attorneys know that bargaining for lesser charges is often not in the best interest of the client. Many prosecutors will put the pressure on in order to secure a guilty plea, often leading the accused into believing that there’s no way they will be found innocent in a court of law. However, our clients often stand the best chance of being proven innocent or having the charges dropped if we proceed with a trial.
We’ll investigate the evidence available in your case and will exhaust every possible resource in order to put together a strong, compelling defense that meets the prosecution at every turn. We will fight zealously for your rights under the law, regardless of the crime you have been charged with.
Don’t wait to get legal help if you or someone you love have been arrested for a crime or have been accused of committing a crime. Contact Law Office of Nayib Hassan today for a consultation to discuss the details of your case and to determine what the next best step should be.