Handling a Money Seizure When Overseas

Overseas Money Seizure

Heading overseas can be an exciting prospect but having your money seized at customs can put a damper on your trip. If you find yourself in another country and your money being seized, here is what you can do.
First you must hire a lawyer who specializes in custom seizures. A lawyer can aid you in getting your money back so that you do not have to come back to the states to file a petition. Since the process is a time sensitive one, hiring a lawyer as soon as possible will be your best option.

US Border Patrol Seizure Attorney

At United States Custom Money Seizures, we can help you when your money is seized at customs. Remember that the process is a time sensitive matter, so do not hesitate to contact us at (877)406-6906.

Items You Have to Report at Customs

Do You Have Anything to Report?

Anytime you travel abroad, you may pick up a few souvenirs to remember your time.  Before any flights home, you will be handed a custom declaration form and may be wondering what items you have to declare. The answer is any item you did not have when you left the United States. This includes money. Make sure you keep any and all receipts for the items you paid for to include how much you paid for it along with taxes. Any money you have left with you must also be noted or else you risk it being seized.

US Custom Money Seizure Lawyers

If you have had your money seized from you at customs, the process to get it back may be tedious and time-sensitive. At United Stated Custom Money Seizure Lawyers, we can help you get back your hard-earned money. For a free consultation, contact us at (877)406-6906.


How to Retrieve Your Seized Mail

Mail Seizure

Similar to the United States Customs and Border Patrol, the United States Postal Inspection Service is a branch of the United States law enforcement. The USPSIS can serve warrants, make arrests, and seize mail as part of investigations.
They have their methods of monitoring mail, one of which is by merely looking at a package who appearance or sent may look suspicious. In order to recover your property, one must file a petition within 30 days from the seizure. You must be able to prove that that the property was legitimately sourced, used, and funded and you did not violate the law.

US Custom Attorneys

The process to retrieve your property is complicated and time-sensitive and the law is nuanced, hiring an attorney would be advisable. At United States Custom Money Seizure Lawyers, we have the attorneys with the expertise to prove that you did not violate any custom laws. For a free consultation with one of our lawyers, contact us at (877)406)9606.


International Travel Tips














United States Customs Attorneys

One of the most exciting, transformative things you can do is travel the world. You pack your bags, catch a flight to an exotic location where you don’t know the language, the food, the culture, or anything firsthand. It’s exhilarating, whimsical, and gives you a greater perspective on the world.

When you come back stateside, though, there are some rules and regulations you should be aware of. You want to be able to get back to your friends and family without hassle or worry. Of course, your U.S. Passport is a must, but you should also declare everything you are bringing in from abroad, even if you bought it in a duty-free shop.

  • If you are traveling with a lot of new jewelry, be sure to have the appraisals or receipts.
  • Be cautious buying something from a street vendor. Keep in mind that the merchandise may be counterfeit and/or unsafe and you may have to surrender it to U.S. Customs and Border Protection when you get home.
  • Be aware that many foreign made medications are not FDA approved, and you cannot bring them into the country.
  • Don’t bring any Cuba-made products into the U.S., no matter where you purchased them.

Cash Seizure Attorneys

U.S. law requires that any currency or other monetary equivalents that exceed a $10,000.00 threshold must be reported directly to U.S. Customs and Border Security prior to entering or leaving the country. If you find yourself with your money seized by border agents, do not worry – give us a call at 877-406-6906 for a free consultation, and visit us online for more information.

The Perils of Sending Money

Money Seizure Lawyer

As is the case with many aspects of government, the money seizure laws in the United States are quite unknown to numerous citizens of the general public. Sending money across the country is not illegal, but the government still finds ways of seizing currency. Postal seizures are an excellent example of this. A United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) worker simply needs probably cause to obtain a warrant and seize money. Unfortunately, what most people don’t realize is that almost all U.S. currency contains trace amounts of narcotics. When drug dogs smell the money, the trace amount is often enough to alert a drug dog. From there, the USPIS has grounds to seize your cash as drug money.

Customs Lawyers

We are an experienced team of customs laywers that is prepared to fight for you and your money. Visit us online or give us a call at 877-406-6906 for your free consultation!

Detroit Clothing Money Seizure

seized money returnedDetroit Clothing Money Seizure: Over $40,000.00 Seized from Woman

Officers at Detroit Metropolitan Airport made a surprising discovery this spring when searching traveler Victoria Faren. Officers became suspicious of Faren when she reported that she was carrying $200 in cash, and later changed the amount to $1,200. Officials first searched her luggage and found over $12,000 in hidden inside. Later she admitted that she was carrying more cash on her body, including large amounts sewed into her undergarments. In fact, the report reflected that she was carrying about $21,000 in just her girdle. The officers ultimately found over $40,000. Faren explained that she received the money by selling her home to her son.

The officers seized the money because travelers are required to report when they are carrying $10,000 or more in monetary instruments. This includes cash, checks, stocks or even gold coins. The items that are exempted from this rule are credit cards (even if the limit is over $10,000), gold bullion, and money instruments that are made payable to a named person that are not endorsed yet.

If you fail to report that you are carrying over $10,000 and your money is seized, you may be in a difficult situation even if it was an honest mistake. Customs money seizures are unique in a legal sense because the burden is on you, the individual suffering the seizure, to prove that the money is from a legitimate source and that it will be used for a legitimate purpose.

Customs Lawyers:

We are an experienced team of customs lawyers that is prepared to fight for you and your money. Visit us online or give us a call at 877-406-6906 for a free consultation or contact us with a private message.. We know exactly what type of documentation is needed to do this and will build a strong case for you. When so much is on the line, it is important to obtain excellent representation.

Customs Kiosks at Detroit Metro Airport

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Customs Kiosks at Detroit Metro Airport

New Customs Kiosks at Detroit Metro Airport

Detroit Metro Airport recently introduced 30 new customs kiosks in the international arrivals and federal inspection areas in the McNamara terminal. The machines are meant to make the customs process run more smoothly for international travelers and to promote safety in international travel. The machines do this by allowing individuals to scan their passports, have their pictures taken, and answer questions about their flight and personal information in one stop. Airport officials reported that travelers can complete the process in about two minutes, allowing for quick and smooth customs processing.

The introduction of these machines has gone well and Detroit Metro Airport indicated that it plans to add five more machines in the North Terminal to serve international travelers entering at that location.

International travel is exhausting and can be confusing, especially for individuals with language barriers. For many the kiosks will come as a relief, especially after hours of travel. However, for travelers who encounter problems such as customs money seizures, the process becomes a great deal more complicated. The introduction of the kiosks do not signal more relaxed security so individuals should be mindful of all laws regardless of the nature of their entry into the United States. If you have had money or currency seized at an international border or port of entry, you should know that the matter is extremely time-sensitive and that you should seek help immediately if you would like to recover your assets. Our Attorneys have successfully handled numerous seizure cases originating in locations across the United States. This makes us an ideal firm for individuals in need of assistance with this type of case. Our firm has the skills and experience that you need on your side for success. Nationwide, call our Attorneys at 877-406-6906 for a free consultation or contact us with a private message.


Bulk Currency Seizures

iStock_000007526810MediumIn the last two years there have been a number of bulk currency customs seizures, some relating to drug trafficking from Mexico and beyond.  In 2013, several individuals were caught smuggling cash including one person caught with $90,000.00 in U.S. currency and another with $13,000 in U.S. currency.  These individuals were charged with bulk cash smuggling under 31 U.S.C. 5332.  The law makes it a criminal offense to knowingly conceal more than $10,000 in currency or monetary instruments (such as money orders or cashier’s checks) and attempt to transport them from the U.S. abroad or from abroad into the U.S. with the intent to evade a currency reporting requirement under 5316.  Concealment can be on your person including in your clothing or in luggage or other personal articles worn or carried.

The penalty for this crime is up to 5 years imprisonment and forfeiture of any property, real or personal, involved in the offense.  These are difficult charges to face because they are typically associated with other illegal activities such as drug trafficking or customs fraud.  Federal law enforcement agents are poised to crack down on these crimes and courts may also respond with a heavy hand.

This is why it is imperative that you obtain legal counsel if your property has been seized or if you are facing charges such as this.  Time is of the essence because there are typically harsh deadlines associated with these seizures.  Call our attorneys at 877-406-6906 for a free consultation or contact us with a private message


What happens when you money is seized by the DEA?

Made of MoneyWhat happens when you money is seized by the DEA?

As you know by now, or may just be finding out, the Drug enforcement administration has the power to seize your personal property or cash if it believes that it has a nexus to drug trafficking or the drug trade. Once your money has been seized, the burden is on the Petitioner to prove that there is no nexus between the drug trade or drug trafficking and your property or money. In our experience, many people choose not to pursue remedies available to them whether it is to avoid possible criminal penalties, to save time, money, or expense, and end up permanently forfeiting the money. Sometimes these individuals do not even realize that allowing time to elapse effectively foreclose on their rights to seized property. Between that, and the number of Petitions the DEA denies (Especially high among individuals who are unrepresented), this is a major source of revenue for the federal government. Some local municipalities (Nebraska), have realized the potential to make a profit and have passed legislation enabling their local sheriffs to make seizures in partnership with the DEA for a portion of the profits.

But what is done with these funds? Many of them go back into the Drug Enforcement administration in order to cover costs and overhead. It seems that others go into a harm reduction program for addicts in New Jersey and New York. According to VOCAL-NY Policy Director Matt Curtis There’s probably not a single better potential use of civil asset forfeiture funds, but it’s a corrupt system.” VOCAL is a pilot program which provides for the administration of an overdose reversing drug in New York and New Jersey, which is according to the article below, funded by the funds which are seized via civil forfeiture. That is to say, that even the director of a program that is directly funded through these civil forfeitures cannot say that they are not corrupt.


What do you think? What is the best use for this seized money?  Besides of course, returning it to its true owners.

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Winter Classic US Customs Seizure of Apparel

Winter Classic US Customs Seizure of Apparel: Detroit Office of U.S. Immigration and Custom’s Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations seizes $723, 377 in Counterfeit Sports Merchandise in Preparation for the NHL Winter Classic

While many think if U.S. Immigration and Custom’s Enforcement (ICE), or U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP) seizing primarily money, in fact the agency has broad seizure powers. It can also seize imports which violate Federal law, and counterfeit products which violate copyright and international property laws, which are also exclusively federal. This means if you are busted for counterfeiting NHL gear, it will not be by your local small town police officers, it will be a full scale federal investigation, as one organization learned recently. Reports state that the investigation took fully three months.

In preparation for the National Hockey League’s “Winter Classic” in Ann Arbor, Michigan a significant amount of apparel and merchandise was prepared both legally and illegally. The Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs played January 1, 2014 to ring in the New Year. The Leafs were ultimately victorious, and undoubtedly many merchants many a small fortune selling items bearing the logo to commemorate the event.

ICE also crushed the opposition by seizing nearly three quarters of a million dollar’s worth of counterfeit gear. The contraband may have included hats, jerseys, commemorative sporting equipment, and other apparel. ICE worked with USCP, and the Detroit police to bring in the $6,121 items. It has not yet been released whether the individuals will be charged criminally or not.  Regardless, it is unlikely the goods will be returned in this case even if the perpetrators are able to avoid criminal prosecution.

Whether the federal government seized your money, your mail, or your jerseys, you should know that there are firm deadlines in these cases. Noncompliance with these deadlines results in cases that are dead in the water and not viable to pursue at an administrative level.  Our aggressive attorneys await your call so we can get to work getting your seized money reclaimed. Our firm has the skills and experience that you need on your side for success. Nationwide, call our Attorneys at 877-406-6906 for a free consultation or contact us with a private message.


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