Asset Forfeiture Actions
State, and federal law empowers law enforcement agencies to seize property through criminal, or civil asset forfeiture mechanisms. Criminal asset forfeiture is directed against the individual (in personam), and thus can only be imposed in connection with a criminal conviction. Civil asset forfeiture, on the other hand, attaches to the property itself (in rem), and thus can be imposed even if the property owner is never charged with a criminal offense. Civil asset forfeiture has been used by law enforcement officials in a wide variety of white collar cases, including those involving allegations of securities law violations and insider trading.
Whatever the form that the forfeiture takes, early intervention by an experienced white collar defense attorney is the key to protecting an individual’s property.
The lawyers at Ford O’Brien Landy LLP have the experience and procedural know-how to fight back to protect your rights, and assets, and we would welcome the opportunity to review your case, and help you seek a favorable outcome.
If you have questions, or concerns about civil, or criminal exposure in these matters, we encourage you to contact Ford O’Brien Landy LLP today. With offices in New York City, Miami, and Austin, our civil forfeiture lawyers represent clients throughout the United States, and worldwide.