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squad-car-1209719_640-300x162Any property can be subject to forfeiture, whether it be cars, boats, airplanes, cash, bank accounts, homes or businesses. If it can be connected to a crime, then it can be seized by the government.

You might be wondering what steps you should take to get your property back once it is seized. Here are a few pointers about asset forfeiture and how you should proceed if your property gets involved.

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car-vehicle-driving-motion-300x200Civil asset forfeiture can be found in many criminal cases. It happens when authorities seize property–cars, cash, electronics, etc.–that are supposedly connected to a crime.

Luckily, civil asset forfeiture is heavily regulated. The conditions under which property can be seized are strict in order to protect property owners from unfair seizure. 

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Derrick-Wiggins-235x300Derrick Wiggins was arrested on July 21 for allegedly sexually assaulting a female tourist in Miami Beach, Florida. Wiggins, 30, is charged with sexual battery and is being held on $100,000 bond. It is unclear if he has acquired legal representation.

According to the arrest report, the alleged assault occurred at 8:30 p.m. near the Kantina restaurant in the 800 block of Ocean Drive in South Beach. The victim was reportedly having dinner with her friends at the restaurant when they first saw Wiggins. She later told police that she “felt sorry” for Wiggins as he was confronted by an unknown diner who rudely told him to leave. The victim asked the man to leave Wiggins alone and go back to his dinner.

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Grant-Griffith-Sarbinoff-300x169Grant Griffith Sarbinoff of Miami Beach, Florida was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly harassing his ex-girlfriend for several months by attempting to hack her social media accounts, using her email to set up reservations in her name, convincing Florida Power & Light to shut off her electricity, and other allegations.

Miami prosecutors say Sarbinoff’s harassment allegations run 28 pages. He is being charged with stalking, unlawful installation of a GPS tracking device, identity theft, and several counts of unauthorized access to a protected computer system.

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Oreth-Smith-169x300Broward sheriff’s jail deputy Oreth Smith of Plantation, Florida was arrested on March 28 for allegedly using a personal cellphone, which is considered contraband, for long periods of his work shift instead of conducting head counts, security checks, and other administrative duties.

Smith, 35, faces charges for introducing contraband into a jail and official misconduct after it was discovered he falsified inmate head count reports. He was released on bond the following day. The press did not list an attorney for Smith.

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