Civil Forfeiture Defense


“. . . . as claiming authority, shall have a claim for civil forfeiture of the instrumentality of a crime, proceeds of a crime, or substitute proceeds of a crime . . .”


Our firm offers representation defending civil forfeiture actions in both state and federal courts. We have defended hundreds of civil forfeiture actions with a success rate in excess of ninety percent (90%).1 Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome

Moreover, we are contemporaneously experienced in pursuing federal civil rights actions against governmental authorities which violate the U.S. Constitutional rights of property owners whose properties have been seized.

We have also successfully obtained monetary damages on behalf of clients whose constitutional rights were violated when their properties were seized, irrespective of whether their property was ultimately forfeited or not.

If the government is pursuing forfeiture under a federal, state or local law or administrative code, claiming that your real or personal property constitutes the instrumentality of a crime, proceeds of a crime, or substitute proceeds of a crime, we offer forfeiture defense in all stages of such proceedings. This includes representation at any initial retention hearings, the trial court level, and in appeals, up to and including, appeals to the United States Supreme Court.

[Link – See 2002 Year End Progress Report]

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1. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome