A civil asset forfeiture is a legal means which allows law enforcement to seize property which they assert was involved in certain criminal activity. Court judicial forfeiture does not require a criminal action but is rather a proceeding filed in court against the property in question. Administrative forfeiture can occur without the necessity of court involvement.
At The Law Office of Rene A. Flores PLLC, we offer legal advice and guidance to those who are faced with civil asset forfeiture. Our Hidalgo County criminal defense lawyer is well-versed in this area of law.
This type of forfeiture is used to seize such things as merchandise that is prohibited from being imported, property that was used to transport, store, or import a controlled substance, monetary instruments and other property worth $500,000 or less. When people are criminally charged in federal court, they may often receive a notice of forfeiture for certain types of property seized during the investigation.
When a forfeiture notice is received, you will have a time frame within which they are able to file an objection. If you object to an intended forfeiture, you will need to hire a Hidalgo County criminal defense lawyer to establish a strong forfeiture defense. Although it may seem difficult, it is possible to successfully defend against forfeiture of property.
An individual whose personal property is being forfeited to the state is likely the subject of some type of criminal charges. In addition to a criminal defense attorney, some individuals choose to enlist the help of a separate attorney to handle their forfeiture defense. We can offer you both forms of legal representation and advocate for your best interest.
Do not hesitate to call us today at (956) 606-3606 to make an appointment for a free case consultation.