Federal law enforcement agencies have become increasingly likely to seize resources suspected to have been used in the commission of wrongdoing. Forfeiture most frequently accompanies criminal activity related to drug trafficking under U.S. Code 853, however, your assets can be seized for everything from involvement in Food Stamp misuse (7 U.S. Code 2024(g)), to violation of animal protection laws (16 U.S. Code 1376, among many others).
The government doesn’t need a criminal conviction to seize your assets, and it can be very challenging to contest property seizure. Frequently, property is involved in criminal activity without its owners’ knowledge. Our offices have handled case involving entire oceangoing container ships and 18-wheelers that were seized because, unbeknownst to our client and owners, a single container out of thousands and dozens respectively were being used to transport narcotics.
Many believe that, because of loose standards and because they often benefit directly from seized property, law enforcement agencies at all levels are becoming excessive in their use of asset forfeiture procedures. Tim Bower Rodriguez is all too familiar with government seizure of private property – his family fled Cuba after the government seized their property and businesses. This family legacy makes him passionate about reversing Federal forfeiture and asset seizures, and he has successfully recovered property for numerous clients.
If you’re dealing with the fallout from federal forfeiture and asset seizure, and would like to recover your property, call us today.
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