Dog Alerts and Money Seizures

Dog alert

Were you charged with a crime or subjected to a customs seizure based on a dog alert? Dog alerts have long been considered a reliable justification for a search warrant which can lead to arrest and subsequent charges. However, these dog alerts may not be as reliable as they seem. In recent studies while the dogs were not distracted by other scents, toys, or treats, the dogs seemed to be responding to subtle nonverbal cues from the handlers.

Here are some resources for more information:

http://www.nlrg.com/criminal-law-legal-research/bid/84670/CRIMINAL-LAW-UPDATE-Reliability-of-Narcotics-Dogs-to-Be-Revisited-by-U-S-Supreme-Court

http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2012/10/are-dogs-scientific-devices/264283/

While not seen in the study, it is even possible an officer could purposely stimulate a false alert. In order to protect your rights and your freedom it is important to retain an experienced attorney who can challenge the search to get it thrown out. Once the search is thrown out, nothing the agent found from the search can be used against you.

Our attorneys have successfully navigated the federal bureaucracy surrounding Seizure case and have recouped seized funds for numerous clients throughout the country, regularly relying on innocent owner defense and others.

The Federal Government regularly seizes millions of dollars from Travelers every year, don’t let them take your money without a fight, Nationwide call our Attorneys at 877-406-6906 for a free consultation, or contact us with a private message.

DEA Money Seizure, Alleged Drug money

 

Victim of a DEA Money Seizure?

Did you know that if you are carrying significant sums of money and it is determined to be related to the drug trade it may be confiscated? Many travelers carry large amounts of funds for investment purposes, in case of emergency, or for any number of other reasons. However, even a drug dog alert can be enough evidence for the DEA, or other governmental agency to seize these assets pursuant to 21 USC 881. This type of seizure is different from a Currency Reporting violation seizure.

Unless you follow the very specific procedure set out to appeal this decision, you will have no right to get this money back. The procedural requirements are very time sensitive and are steeped in bureaucracy. Our attorneys have experience dealing with the Forfeiture Counsel of the DEA, and other confiscating agencies. We can file the petition for you and handle all of the procedural matters. We have recouped funds for clients, and can use the same tried and true techniques to represent you.

Our attorneys will work to demonstrate you meet the requirements demonstrate an “innocent owner defense” or a “valid good faith and legally cognizable interest in the seized property.” Seizure agents should be held accountable and have to prove that the moneys they seized are actually related to the drug trade. If their evidence is shaky we should be able to get your money back. When you are dealing with the federal government you don’t want to go in alone. We will work to get your money back like it’s ours, because if you are not reimbursed, you don’t pay us a dime. Nationwide call our Attorneys Call us now at 877-406-6906, or you can contact us with a private message.

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