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https://www.briansilber.com/files/2017/09/David-J.-Miller-240x300.jpegDavid J. Miller of New York was indicted in federal court last week for allegedly stealing $3.6 million from the city of Miami Beach.

Miller, 45, faces 20 counts of bank fraud, one count of access device fraud, and one count of aggravated identity theft. He was arrested in Syracuse, New York on unrelated identity theft charges on May 31. Sources say he is going to be transferred to Florida for his arraignment. The press did not name an attorney for him.

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If you’re involved in a civil asset forfeiture case, sometimes you’re left wonACLU-Logo-300x300dering whether or not you can legally pursue your property at all. Your best bet in this case is to hire a good lawyer who understands your situation–and may be able to help you get your property back.

Of course, being informed yourself never hurts. This post includes some resources you can use to learn more about your options.

 

 

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Edgar-Reyes-300x169Edgar Reyes of Davie, Florida turned himself in on August 31 at the Broward County Courthouse to face DUI charges for his alleged involvement in an April car crash that led to the death of his girlfriend, Martha Hernandez Rondon of Hollywood.

Reyes, 45, faces multiple DUI-related charges, including DUI manslaughter. He is being held at Broward Main Jail. Bond information was not immediately available and the press did not list an attorney for him. A bulletin issued by police last week said Reyes is not a U.S. citizen, making him a potential flight risk.

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Roberto-Gaucin-228x300Roberto L. Gaucin of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida was arrested this week for allegedly engaging in a sexual relationship with an underage girl.

Gaucin, 21, is being charged with one count of lewd and lascivious battery on a victim between the ages of 12 and 16. He was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on August 29 and was ordered held in lieu of a $30,000 bond. It is unclear if he has acquired the services of an attorney.

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club-2492011_960_720-300x167The Florida Contraband Forfeiture Act can be found in Florida Statutes 932.701-932.706, and allows for the seizure and civil forfeiture of property and contraband related to violations of the law.

The forfeiture procedure is a two-step process. The first is the seizure or the initial restraint on the property, and the second is the forfeiture itself. Of course, the outcome must be determined in a court of law before property can be subject to forfeiture. It’s important to understand what falls under the category of “contraband” to understand forfeiture in Florida.

What is “contraband?”