Understanding Civil Forfeiture in New York

If you believe that you have had your property seized without being involved in criminal activity, it is time to take action. Continue reading to discover what civil asset forfeiture is in New York, how law enforcement can seize your property, and how to proceed with a civil asset forfeiture case. Reach out to our firm today to learn more about our services and how we can assist you with your upcoming legal process.

What is civil asset forfeiture?

A legal procedure in New York that gives law enforcement officials the ability to seize property that has been claimed to be involved in criminal activity is called civil asset forfeiture. Examples of property that is subject to seizure under New York’s forfeiture law include the following:

  • Personal property
  • Real estate
  • Stocks
  • Vehicles
  • Clothing
  • Electronics
  • Jewelry
  • Bank accounts
  • Currency

It is possible for property to be seized by law enforcement officials without you being charged with a crime.

Can law enforcement seize my property under the civil asset forfeiture law?

The New York forfeiture law was created to be used as a tool to cut down on organized crime by seizing ill-gotten gains. However, it is possible for innocent individuals to have their property targeted. If you have been a victim of this, it is important to understand a few factors regarding the forfeiture law:

  • Most civil asset forfeiture cases are federal
  • Your property is considered guilty under proven innocent
  • Civil asset forfeiture is an action taken against the property, not the owner
  • Law enforcement does not require a criminal conviction or criminal charge to have your property seized

How To Proceed with a Civil Forfeiture Case

One of the most important steps to take after having your property seized under the civil forfeiture law is to hire an experienced and understanding criminal attorney who will walk you through the case process. Proceeding with a civil forfeiture case requires a knowledgeable attorney when your property has been seized and made the subject of a civil lawsuit. Our firm is prepared to handle your case with care. We have assisted many individuals in regaining their seized property. Contact our law office today to discuss our services and to schedule an initial consultation.

Contact our experienced Rockland County firm

Those facing criminal charges in New York need a strong Rockland County defense attorney who knows the ins and outs of the criminal justice system. Fortunately, our firm is ready to put over 30 years of experience to work for you. Call today or contact The Law Office of Carl Spector online to schedule a free confidential consultation. We are ready to help you go on living life positively, happily, and free from the burdens of a criminal conviction–all you have to do is ask.