https://www.forbes.com/sites/instituteforjustice/2021/10/25/new-proof-that-police-use-civil-forfeiture-to-take-from-those-who-cant-fight-back/?sh=17bc18fd34e8 Institute For Justice Andrew Wimer Contributor Institute For Justice Contributor Group Policy Police and prosecutors can use civil forfeiture to take property without criminal charges, a new... [+] GETTY Nassir Geiger spoke with the wrong person at the wrong time and it cost him hundreds of dollars and his car. Nassir was a victim of...Read More
Asset forfeiture is a serious step that can be taken against a client to hinder them from engaging in criminal activities such as fraud. When a client’s property is about to be taken away from them, he or she will need urgent legal representation to stop the process, and the clients will keep the property. As an attorney, you may work outside the office when you attend meeting clients, among other issues. Your clients may be challenged to reach you most of the time, especially during the...Read More
Driving with cash and/or valuables is apparently a big offense and may get you detained by police even if you have done nothing wrong. A couple and their one year old child were driving through Texas when they saw the dreaded sirens in the rear view mirror. The man who was driving was the owner of a restaurant and he was on his way to buy restaurant equipment from an auction. He had $50K cash. He also had an iPad, cell phones and the car of course. The police took it all after they had a dog...Read More
Our law firm has been contacted by dozens of individuals, seeking advice from an experienced and qualified asset seizure/forfeiture attorney, regarding the seizure of their private safe deposit boxes on Monday March 22, 2021. Most individuals who contacted us are in a state of shock to see most or all of their life savings confiscated. This is what we know thus far, as of the time of this article, based upon information we have garnered: Law enforcement consisting of police units from the...Read More
If you are under suspicion of committing a drug trafficking or money laundering offense, police can seize your possessions (money, assets, or both). In civil property forfeiture, the police can detain your possessions even when you aren’t facing a criminal charge. Once this happens, you must learn how to retrieve your money back. Note that legal forfeiture processes are very different from normal civil processes. Thus, it may be a challenge to go through the processes alone. For guidance and...Read More
The legalization of marijuana has been around for quite some time. However, there are no clear regulations about its commercial sale. This is marked by the conflict between state forfeiture laws and the sale of recreational cannabis. Due to this misfortune, many people have lost properties to the government once they are seized due to alleged violations of different marijuana laws. This makes asset forfeiture laws a unique enforcement tool that poses a threat to the recreational cannabis...Read More
Civil asset forfeiture practices allow law enforcement officers to take possession of an asset, usually money, based on the belief that the property was involved in wrongdoing. The law enforcement officers have the mandate to take the property without bringing any criminal proceedings against the person who is in possession of the property. Under civil asset forfeiture, the government doesn’t charge an individual with the crime but charges the asset, commonly known as in rem action. Charging...Read More
Asset forfeiture is seen as one of the weightiest abuses of power. In this case, the victims are property owners who are neither charged nor convicted of committing criminal offenses. As long as you are subject to investigation and prosecution in a white-collar crime case, the DEA, FBI, or DOJ can seize your property. This could be personal property like vehicles, planes, bank accounts, boats, etc. When the federal government takes over your property’s control, they strip you of the title of...Read More
Losing your property in a property forfeiture operation can be detrimental to your life because you risk losing your home or other highly valuable possessions. Moreover, your loved ones will be exposed to the severe consequences of forfeiture like becoming homeless or facing significant financial constraints. You could also receive a prison sentence that prevents you from protecting your loved ones and your property from forfeiture. Therefore, learning about the possible reasons for property...Read More
All states in the U.S allow the federal government law enforcement officers to seize, forfeit and sell any property or material alleged to be associated with illegal activity, for example, cash, real estate, and cars. The purpose of forfeiture laws is to disrupt or cripple criminal activities by diverting their resources. However, most law enforcement officers misuse asset forfeiture laws to benefit themselves by taking properties from innocent citizens they know have no sufficient resources...Read More
When the DEA seized a significant amount of money from my house, I didn't know what to do. I didn't think I would get any of it back. Fortunately, a friend of mine referred me to Jacek Lentz. Jacek's knowledge of the forfeiture laws and experience enable him to get the best possible results. He went right to work as he is aware of the very strict time limitations set by the government and got me back all of my money--$160,000! It is vitally important to choose a lawyer who knows the forfeiture laws inside and out and is well-connected. You couldn't do better than attorney Jacek Lentz. He is simply the best there is!
Our son had his money confiscated on a charge that was not true. Jacek was able to help with his criminal case as well as getting his money back that was taken from him without any cause from the police. I very highly recommend him!
From the beginning of my process of trying to recover my funds which were seized by the DEA, Mr. Lentz was very professional and gave me tremendous guidance during a very frustrating time. He did not give me false hope but did what most attorneys don't and gave me the honest facts. He explained the process to me and I understood that his vast experience and relationships gave me a higher likelihood of receiving my funds back. Throughout the process, he would touch base frequently, always be available for my questions and keep me on task with information he needed to do his job. I felt I had someone very strongly going to bat for me. In the end, I got the best case scenario--I received all my funds back which I definitely did not expect. I recommend him to anyone needing these services. You will be taken care of in the utmost professional manner.
Whereas government agencies will make it appear like they have every right to seize your property since you, your household member, or your loved one is accused of an offense, don’t listen. Whether the connection between the criminal activity and the property in question is strong enough is for the court to decide. Contact Asset Forfeiture Attorney law firm today at 888-571-5590 to schedule a complimentary consultation and case evaluation. We serve clients throughout California and nationwide facing asset forfeiture.