Articles Tagged with Civil Forfeiture Defense Attorney

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Wayne-Natt-300x200Wayne Natt of Longboat Key, Florida was arrested on September 29 for allegedly hiding cameras and microphones around his condo, which he rented on AirBnB. He reportedly recorded at least one of his tenants without their knowledge.

Natt is being charged with video voyeurism. It is unclear if he has acquired the services of an attorney.

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serrano-1-300x204When it comes to civil asset forfeiture, you don’t have to be charged with a crime in order for your property to be seized. Depending on the circumstances, your property can slip away when you least expect it.

That’s exactly what happened to Gerardo Serrano as he crossed the U.S. border into Mexico late in 2015, when his truck was seized without any charges being brought against him.

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sesh-300x193Attorney General Jeff Sessions called for the creation of a new unit in the Justice Department to oversee federal asset forfeiture policies in a memo sent to Deputy Attorney General Rod J Rosenstein yesterday.

This recent action by Sessions comes just a few months after his announcement in July that the Department of Justice would be rolling back a series of Obama-era curbs on civil asset forfeiture.

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IAD-Currency15L-092317-185x300A Ghana-bound man lost a hefty sum of money to a seizure at the Washington Dulles International Airport late September of this year.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized the unreported currency from the Ghanian man during an outbound enforcement operation on September 23rd in the second largest Dulles currency seizure in 13 years. The total amount of money seized was $148,000, with $2228 returned to the man as a “humanitarian release” so that he could continue his travel. CBP has not named the man at this time, as he has not been criminally charged.

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Gallardo-Law-Firm-and-Criminal-Defense-Lawyer-Miami-small-300x200Civil asset forfeiture is different from most legal processes, where law enforcement officials seize property they assert has been involved in criminal activity. One need not be involved or charged with a crime in order for his or her property to be seized. In other words, in civil asset forfeiture proceedings, it’s essentially the property that is charged with the crime.

Forfeiture laws have been used historically and are intended to be used as tools to fight organized crime. When targeting criminal organizations whose sheer amount resources make them incredibly difficult to prosecute, having a legal means to seize the assets of these organizations can be helpful in weakening them. In practice, however, civil asset forfeiture laws are not always used in this way.

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