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Customs Money Seizure Petition Decision Timeframe

Customs Money Seizure Petition Decision Timeframe

What are some differences between you and the federal government? For one, if you and your spouse get into a disagreement you can’t just shutdown instead of reach a compromise. Number two, it is unlikely that you have a job where you have absolutely no deadlines whatsoever. However, that is just the case when it comes to Customs related money seizures. While petitioners must adhere to a strict schedule and file their Petition within 30 days of receipt of the CAFRA notice, federal officials have no such deadline. Theoretically, they could not issue a decision on  your petition indefinitely.

A change in the regulations was proposed at the notice and comment meeting. The suggestion that the determination should be made with 120 days (four months), was summarily dismissed:

Comment

One commenter indicates that the regulations should be amended in a manner to require Customs to act on petitions within 120 days. The commenter states that when a petition is received, not much else has to be done by Customs and there is no basis for continued delays.

Customs Response

Customs does not agree. When a petition is received, an investigation often must be undertaken in order to determine the veracity of statements made in that petition. This can be a time consuming process, particularly if information from foreign sources must be obtained. Additionally, there are instances when a claimant to seized property or a charged party asks that Customs delay a decision on a petition for relief. If Customs is required to adhere to a rigid decision schedule, it could work to the disadvantage of such a party. While Customs makes every effort to decide petitions for relief as expeditiously as possible, Customs sees no reason to amend the regulations to place a strict time frame on the processing of petitions.

However, the good news for you is that once we get involved we can advocate for you to get the wheels turning.

If you have been subjected to a money seizure of any kind it is important to retain an experienced attorney.  Act fast to get our lawyers working hard to get you back your money. We will expedite the process in order to get you your results faster. Our firm has the experience and skills that you need on your side for success. Nationwide, call our Attorneys at 877-406-6906, or contact us with a private message.  Time is of the essence!

LaGuardia Airport Customs Money Seizure

LaGuardia Airport Customs Money Seizure

LaGuardia Airport (IATA: LGA, ICAO: KLGA, FAA LID: LGA) is located in the New York City borough of Queens, named  “LaGuardia Airport” for Fiorello La Guardia, the mayor of New York when the airport was built.Surprisingly LaGuardia is the busiest airport in the US without any non-stop service to Europe, this is because a flight rule prohibits nonstop flights to or from points beyond 1,500 statute miles. Exceptions to this rule are flights on Saturdays and flights to Denver. Thus most transcontinental and international flights use JFK or Newark.

The New York City metropolitan’s JFK International, LaGuardia, and Newark Liberty International airports combine to make the largest airport system in the US, and the second largest in the world in terms of passenger traffic, first in the world in terms of total flight operations. In 2012, LaGuardia Airport had about 25.7 million passengers used the airport. JFK had 47.4 million and Newark had 33.9 million, a total of about 105 million travelers using these airports per year.

If you are traveling internationally, through JFK International, LaGuardia, or Newark Liberty International airport  U.S. law requires that any currency or other monetary equivalents that exceed $10,000.00 must be reported directly to U.S. Customs and Border Security prior to entering or leaving the country, read more. There is no cost to declare one’s money over $10,000 to Customs, however if you do not declare your money over $10,000 and Customs catches you, the money will most likely be taken from you. 

If you this has happened to you or anywhere in the United States, we can help. Everyday we work with similarly situated clients and can help you too– if you or someone you know has had cash or property seized by the US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), Postal Inspectors, or the DEA, call our firm today for a free consultation! Where criminal charges may be brought, going on the record with the government is usually the last thing any person should do. Call us now at 877-406-6906, or contact us with a private message.

Savannah US Customs Money Seizure | 877-406-6906 | Free Consultation

Savannah US Customs Money Seizure

Georgia’s Ports of Entry:

The Atlantic Coast borders Georgia to the east, thereby creating a need for the presence of CBP along the sea border. Service ports are where the US Customs and Border Protection handles cargo processing efforts, including: inspections, entry, collections, and verification. The following ports are overseen and protected by CBP in Georgia:

  • Savannah Service Port
  • Atlanta Service Port
  • Brunswick Port of Entry

Georgia is covered by the CBP’s Miami Sector, which includes 1,203 miles of coastal border along Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. The Savannah Service Port and Brunswick Port of Entry, is the Fourth largest and fastest growing U.S. seaport, directing the activities of nearly 150 employees at the ports of Savannah and Brunswick. Last year, the Port of Savannah moved approximately 2.8 million 20-foot equivalent containers, while Brunswick’s Colonel’s Island Terminal processed some 40,500 auto and machinery units.

Are you a Victim of a Savannah US Customs Money Seizure? or have you had Cash seized at Savannah/Hilton Head International? Administrative seizure and civil forfeiture proceedings are quasi-criminal processes by which the government can take control of your property claiming that it is in some way associated with illegal activity and therefore subject to confiscation. Though it is crazy to think, our courts and elected officials permit these practices as legal, even expanding there practice. Americans are supposed to be innocent until proven otherwise, but with civil forfeiture, your property is guilty until you prove it innocent. We can help, our firm has helped similar clients and can help you too– if you or someone you know has had cash or property seized by the CBP, Postal Inspectors, or the DEA, call our firm today for a free consultation! Remember time is of the essence. Call us now at 877-406-6906, or contact us with a private message.

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Georgia US Customs Money Seizure

Georgia US Customs Money Seizure

Georgia US Customs Money Seizure:

Several defenses exist to Civil Seizure actions:

  • You can challenge the Government’s factual claims. i.e. If the Government cannot show by a preponderance of the evidence that the currency or property in question, was involved in a specified unlawful activity or that you attempted to avoid certain reporting requirements, then its forfeiture claim will fail.
  • Innocent owners also have a defense to a Seizure action and may regain their property even though it was involved in a specified unlawful activity. However, you would be required to prove that you did not know about the illegal conduct, and that you money was essentially “along for the ride”.
  • The 8TH Amendment, which prohibits excessive fines, may come into play where the forfeiture or Seizure sought by the Government is “grossly disproportionate” to the unlawful activity alleged.

If you are the victim of a Money Seizure in Georgia or anywhere in the United States, we can help. Everyday we speak with people who have had the very Government who means to protect them, take their life savings because it is loosely associated with “some” crime. Civil forfeiture gives the government the power to confiscate virtually all a person’s assets, where everyone knows you are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty, civil forfeiture turns that principle on its head, with civil Seizure, your property is guilty until you prove it innocent. To challenge the forfeiture, a claimant must show evidence that the property is not subject to forfeiture. Our firm has recovered hundreds of thousands of dollars on behalf of similar clients and can help you too– if you or someone you know has had cash or property seized by the US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), Postal Inspectors, or the DEA, call our firm today for a free consultation! Where criminal charges may be brought, going on the record with the government is usually the last thing any person should do. Call us now at 877-406-6906, or contact us with a private message.

 

Atlanta US Customs Money Seizure

Atlanta US Customs Money Seizure

Atlanta US Customs Money Seizure:

Administrative seizures are authorized and are typically performed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection at points of entry into the U.S., like Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Georgia, the world’s busiest airport, with more than 95 million passengers annually. Customs is authorized to seize any property it has probable cause to believe is contraband or is not in compliance with federal regulations.

We can use various administrative review processes to petition directly for return of the property, or you may sue the seizing agency in federal court. Generally, the law offers claimants few protections when Customs has seized their property. While administrative seizure is not a criminal action, they can accompany them, unfortunately the government’s burden of proof in a forfeiture proceeding is lower than in a criminal case.

The burden of proof being shifted to you, the claimant, who must then prove you have a legitimate claim. Civil forfeiture is understandably controversial because it amounts to stiff punishments without the protections of a trial. Have you had money seized in Atlanta Georgia, including Hartsfield- Jackson International Airport? We can help, over the years our firm has recovered hundreds of thousands of dollars on behalf of similar clients and may be able to help you too– if you or someone you know has had money or property taken by the US Customs and Border Patrol, Postal Inspectors, or the DEA, call our firm today for a free consultation! Our attorneys are ready to help you, time is of the essence. Call us now at 877-406-6906, or you can contact us with a private message.

Detroit CBP Seizes Undeclared Ammunition from CBP Trusted Traveler

CBP Trusted Traveler

The Ambassador bridge offers the NEXUS trusted traveler program to expedite border crossing for those individuals who are low risk and frequent travelers. The CBP Trusted Traveler program is appropriate for those who live or work across the border. It entails heightened initial investigation to grant the privilege of liberal travel thereafter. After the prescreening process, there is a zero tolerance policy in place and any violation results in the immediate suspension of the license. This pass works at northern border ports of entry, NEXUS kiosks, and Canadian Preclearance locations , as well as marine reporting locations.

On September 11, 2013 a 36 year old Canadian citizen who was a member of the CBP trusted traveler program was detained and search by the Department of Homeland Security. The man, who has not been identified by name, entered via the NEXUS lane. During a secondary inspection he was found to be traveling with $3,450 rounds of .22 caliber ammunition which was seized for failure to declare. The boxes of ammunition were hidden below the front passenger seat floor. This man will almost certainly be expelled from the NEXUS trusted traveler program based on the comments from Customs and Border Protection. It remains to be seen whether he will be prosecuted.

Victim of a money or goods seizure? Americans are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty, but civil forfeiture turns this principle on its head. With civil forfeiture, you are guilty of the violation with the effect that your money is held until you can prove that you are an innocent owner with a legitimate use for the money. We can help. Our firm has recovered hundreds of thousands of dollars on behalf of similarly situated clients and can help you too. If you have had cash or property seized by the US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), Postal Inspectors, or the DEA call our firm today for a free consultation. Remember, time is of the essence. With so much at stake, why risk it? To retain our experienced customs seizures lawyers call 877-406-6906, or contact us with a private message, we practice throughout the US.

 

DEA Settles with College Student who was forgotten in Detention center for 5 days for $4.1 million

DEA Settles

DEA Settles with College Student who was forgotten:

Daniel Chong, a 25 year old University of California San Diego college student majoring in economics, was celebrating 4/20 with his friends when the house he was at was raided by the DEA. The DEA was seeking evidence of MDMA (Ecstasy). The DEA found 18,000 ecstasy pills, marijuana, prescription medications, hallucinogenic mushrooms, and weapons in the house. Nine people were detailed including Daniel Chong.

Daniel Chong, who was never charged or even formally arrested, was one of the nine. He was placed in a 5 by 10 foot concrete cell with no windows. There were only 4 total holding cells in the isolated hall, and the only view out was through a peephole. Without even a toilet, he was apparently forgotten about until April 25, 2012. Chong reports that during his imprisonment he heard noises outside as near as his adjacent cell. Despite this, his screams and cries went unanswered. He thought for most of the time that he was being punished and had not actually been forgotten about.

Once he realized the nature and severity of his situation, he began to prepare for his own death. He attempted to set off the fire sprinklers in vain to get much needed water by standing on the only item in the room, a metal bench. He ultimately had to drink his own urine, an idea he credits to watching survival TV shows and with saving his life. He scratched a final note to his mother in his arm with a shard of broken glass.

Upon being discovered, he was brought directly the ICU. He had lost 15 lbs during the ordeal and was near death from dehydration. His case against the DEA was settled for $4.1 million. Mr. Chong plans to purchase a home for his mom, and save the rest with the hopes of achieving an early retirement.

If an actual human can be forgotten and left for dead by the DEA, how do you think your seized money or goods will fare? You need an able advocate to make the DEA meet its burden or pay up! With so much at stake, why risk it? To retain our experienced customs seizures lawyers call 877-406-6906, or contact us with a private message, we practice throughout the US.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/30/justice/california-dea-settlement/index.html

Nebraska Cash Seizure? 877-406-6906 | Free Consultation

 

Nebraska Cash Seizure

Nebraska Cash Seizure?

Since 2004, the U.S. attorney’s office in Nebraska has seized nearly $10 million and 20+ vehicles alleged to be involved in the drug trade, after traffic stops a long I-80 alone. Many of these seizures involve out-of-state cars and rentals, most are stopped for some minor traffic violation, speeding or following too closely, then it gets interesting. Each leads to a search, either after an officer got consent or a police dog “smelled” drugs. In many case police  find money but no drugs, drivers often don’t face criminal charges. The Government calls it a weapon in the war against drugs, we call it an illegal seizure. If no one tries to claim the money, the government gets it.

Every day  innocent motorists get caught in the middle of the war on drugs, as seasoned warriors, if you feel you are one of these innocent motorists we can help you fight when it’s NOT OK for the government to seize your hard earned money or vehicle.

Victim of a Nebraska Cash Seizure? Americans are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty, but civil forfeiture turns that principle on its head, with civil forfeiture, your property is guilty until you prove it innocent. We can help, our firm has recovered hundreds of thousands of dollars on behalf of similar clients and can help you too– if you or someone you know has had cash or property seized by the US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), Postal Inspectors, or the DEA, call our firm today for a free consultation! Remember time is of the essence. Call us now at 877-406-6906, or contact us with a private message.

 

Detroit Customs Money Seizure? 877-406-6906 | Free Consultation

Detroit Customs Money Seizure

Have the US Customs and Border Patrol, Postal Inspectors, or the DEA seized your money or property in Detroit Michigan?

Detroit is the most populous city in Michigan, and is the seat of Wayne County. With its immense international border with Canada, it is a primary business, cultural, financial and transportation center in the Metro Detroit area, a region of 5.2 million people, and serves as a major port on the Detroit River connecting the Great Lakes system to the Saint Lawrence Seaway. Detroit is also the headquarters of Customs and Border Patrol’s Detroit Sector, and area of responsibility which includes Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio.

Because of Detroit’s international character, its population, its major airport, its water ways and ports, Customs and Border Patrol has a heavy presence here. If you have been accused of carrying a “suspicious” amount of cash, currency, check or goods, and/or if  any of the aforementioned government agencies have seized it, it’s on you to prove that the money isn’t connected to some illegal purpose. With over 15+ years of combined experience, we as seizure defense lawyers can help, advocating for the cause of those whose assets have been seized. If this has happened to you, you need an experienced federal seizure defense attorney working for you.

Victim of a Detroit Customs Money Seizure? including the Detroit Metropolitan Airport , with offices in Detroit, we can help, our firm has recovered hundreds of thousands of dollars on behalf of similar clients and can help you too– if you or someone you know has had money or property taken by the US Customs and Border Patrol, Postal Inspectors, or the DEA, call our firm today for a free consultation! Our attorneys are ready to help you, time is of the essence. Call us now at 877-406-6906, or you can contact us with a private message.

Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Money Seizure? | 877-406-6906

 

Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Money Seizure

Have the US Customs and Border Patrol, Postal Inspectors, or the DEA seized your money or property in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania?

Pittsburgh, “the Steel City” is the second-largest city in the U.S. State of Pennsylvania, and the largest in both the Ohio Valley and Appalachia and the 20th-largest in the U.S. Here like anywhere else in the United States the seizure and forfeiture laws available to government agents are unparalleled to any such state power. If you have been accused of carrying a “suspicious” amount of cash, i.e. any “large” sum of cash, whether 3,000.00 dollars or 3 million dollars, if  any of the aforementioned government agencies have seized it, it’s on you to prove that the money isn’t connected to a crime. This is what we call the intersection of civil law’s low burden of proof for prosecutors and criminal law’s aggressive reach. As Seizure defense lawyers we have been charged with keeping this power in check and advocating for the cause of those whose assets have been seized. If this has happened to you, you need experienced a diligent federal seizure defense attorney working for you.

Victim of a Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Money Seizure? including Pittsburgh International Airport, we can help, over the years our firm has recovered hundreds of thousands of dollars on behalf of similar clients and can help you too– if you or someone you know has had money or property taken by the US Customs and Border Patrol, Postal Inspectors, or the DEA, call our firm today for a free consultation! Our attorneys are ready to help you, time is of the essence. Call us now at 877-406-6906, or you can contact us with a private message.

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