If you have had property taken away without being charged with a crime or even being involved in criminal activity, it may prove to be very difficult to regain your property without the assistance of an experienced New York criminal attorney. Reach out to our firm today to discuss your situation and learn the services that we can provide for your legal process. We are prepared to fight for your rights. Continue reading to discover some common questions you might have regarding civil asset forfeiture in New York.
What is civil asset forfeiture?
Civil asset forfeiture is a legal procedure that gives law enforcement officials the ability to seize property that has been claimed to be involved in criminal activity. Examples of such property include personal property, real estate, currency, bank accounts, stocks, vehicles, clothing, electronics, and jewelry. Without being charged with a crime, it is possible for law enforcement officials to seize property, even if you believe that you had no involvement in a crime.
Can law enforcement seize my property under the civil asset forfeiture law?
Unfortunately, it has been seen that law enforcement has used civil forfeiture laws as a way to unjustly generate revenue. The law was initially created as a tool to cut down on organized crime by seizing ill-gotten gains. However, there are many innocent individuals who have had their property targeted without the chance to recover. Some important facts to note about civil asset forfeiture are as follows:
- Civil asset forfeiture is an action taken against the property, not the owner.
- Most civil asset forfeiture cases are federal
- Law enforcement does not require a criminal conviction or criminal charge to have property seized.
- Your property is considered guilty under proven innocent.
How can I regain seized property?
It is very easy for law enforcement officials to utilize their power in a negative way, affecting individuals who are not criminals. If New York’s civil asset forfeiture law has affected your life in a negative way, it is time to reach out to an experienced New York criminal attorney who will walk you through each step of the legal process ahead. Our firm has assisted many clients in regaining their property after being seized under civil forfeiture law. We are prepared to handle your case. Do not hesitate to contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.
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Criminal matters can change the course of your life forever. This is why you need an experienced attorney who will aggressively combat your charges to help mitigate their long-term effects. If you are in need of experienced legal counsel for a criminal defense matter on Long Island or throughout New York State, please contact Grunwald & Seman, P.C. to schedule a consultation. We would be happy to assist you.