Money Seized in Phoenix Arizona? $9,165.00 / $9,165.00 Returned

Money Seized in Phoenix Arizona

DEA Money Seizure Success Story! $9,165.00 Returned after Phoenix Arizona Seizure

While we would never say that Custom’s Seizure cases are easy, our postal seizure cases and Drug Enforcement Agency seizures are notoriously more difficult. While the work is similar, these cases are difficult in the sense that they have a lower success rate over all. There are many factors that contribute to this, certainly the policy against drugs and drug trafficking seems to be more of a federal priority than Customs reporting requirements.

However, we are excited to report that we recently got some good news. A petition we filed in August came back that our Petition had been granted and our client was getting all of his money back! Additionally, at two months and three weeks of waiting, this is one of the fastest turn around times for any Petition we have ever filed. We attribute this to the fact that our client was able to get us all the information we needed quickly, so we could turn his evidence and proof into strong arguments for why his money should be returned.

This was another incident where a drug seizure was based on a drug dog alert (or so we believe) that took place outside of the presence of the Petitioner. Recent cases have established that this is a shaky basis for the Federal government to pin their case on, and we believe they may begin to be more meticulous in ensuring that agents meet at least basic requirements for money seizure in the future. While that would mean these difficult cases would become even more so, it also means that less seizures would occur, which is a win in our book.

Money Seized in Phoenix Arizona? Let us make you a winner too.  Our experienced DEA seizure lawyers are ready to help you recover your money while there’s still time.  We practice throughout the US– call us now! We’re available by phone at 877-406-6906, or you can contact us with a private message.

Money Seized Greensboro NC: $19,900.00 Seized/ $19,900.00 Returned

GREENSBORO, NC $19,900.00 SEIZED/ $19,900.00 RETURNED

Money Seized Greensboro NC: $19,900.00 Seized/ $19,900.00 Returned

 

In May, one of our clients had $19,900.00 seized during a roadside stop near Greensboro, NC. The property was seized per title 18, United States Code, Section 981 for a violation of laundering of monetary instruments, as this property was alleged to have been derived from unlawful activity, specifically the selling and transporting of illegal drugs. The seizure was made during a speeding traffic infraction stop in which are client was found to have a single marijuana joint in his possession. Through our hard work over the next five months, we were able to show the money was legitimately earned in its entirety (in this case, legal gaming winnings from two local casinos), and that such a seizure was improper, meaning our client was able to recover all of his money, it being seized wrongfully.

Like here in Greensboro, NC, US Customs and DEA Seizures can happen anywhere at anytime, recovering money from the DEA, and US Customs and Border Patrol requires individuals to quickly offer strong proof that the money seized is legitimate and that seizure is improper. Our customs lawyers spent months working to convince US CBP that these funds were from a legitimate source, only through our aggressive advocacy where we able to achieve this victory for our client.

If your Money been seized in Greensboro, NC or anywhere else, we can help, our firm has recovered 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.

SWEETGRASS, MT: Seized Kawasaki Motorcycle Returned

Yesterday, one of our attorneys received approval from US Customs and Border Patrol (US CBP) for the return of a client’s Kawasaki motorcycle.  US CBP seized the bike when the client, a Canadian citizen, was found using it to travel illegally into and throughout the United States.  The return of the motorcycle came after a months-long struggle with US CBP, including the filing of a lengthy initial petition as well as a subsequent supplemental petition.

US Customs Seizure Montana:

kawasakiIn fact, the client had illegally entered the United States from Canada, and he did so knowingly.  Despite this, our experts was able to convince US CBP that given the client’s circumstances, equity and justice warranted the return of the bike.  To start, the client did most of his work in the US, and though he knew his work visa had expired, he was desperate to cross the border to be able to work and continue to support himself in the meantime.  In addition, the motorcycle represented the client’s primary form of transportation and without it, he would be essentially immobilized.  Learning this, US CBP agreed that it would be fair to return the bike to him.

US Customs and Border Patrol can seize money or goods for a number of reasons, typically because it believes those items are connected with a crime such as, here, transporting an illegal alien, or other offenses like drug crimes.  However, this case goes to show that when US CBP seizes money or goods, even if the seizure is warranted and the individual is at fault, mitigating circumstances such as hardship can be enough to secure the return of the seized items.  If this has happened to you or a friend, call our customs lawyers today. The seized goods may be recovered, even if you believe you are responsible for the violation that caused the goods to be taken. However, time is of the essence.  Recovering seized goods is a complex, time-sensitive process that requires quick, strategic action.  You need an attorney who can quickly find the best course of action, who will begin fighting for you immediately, and who will continue to fight zealously on your behalf until your property is recovered.

Our knowledgeable, skilled, and experienced attorneys are available 24/7, nationwide, to consult with you for free and initiate out a plan to recover your property.  Again, time is of the essence, so call now!  Our office can easily be reached by phone at 877-406-6906, or you can contact us with a private message.

Port Huron Michigan Customs Seizure: $55,591.00 US Currency Seized/$50,591.00 Returned

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After nearly eight months of hard work, our team of customs attorneys recently recovered nearly $50,600.00 on behalf of a client whose funds were seized while crossing the US/Canada border in Port Huron, Michigan via the Blue Water Bridge.

This client, like many individuals traveling under stressful conditions, became flustered due to trouble crossing the border and failed to correctly report the amount of currency she possessed, merely as the result of confusion.  While she did, in good faith, report the money as required by law, she understated the amount she had.  Unfortunately, under reporting, just like failure to report at all, is enough to give US Customs and Border Patrol (US CBP) a reason to seize all the funds in a person’s possession.

Recovering money from US Customs requires individuals to quickly compile strong proof that the money seized is legitimate and that any failure to meet reporting requirements was an honest mistake.  Our customs lawyers spent months working to convince US CBP that the funds were from a legitimate source and that our client’s mistake was an honest one.  This process is long and complicated, and must be carried out strategically and with careful attention to the strict time limitations involved.  In order to obtain a successful recovery, as this client did, you need a lawyer who knows what kinds of proof will satisfy US CBP and who will zealously fight to get your money back before time runs out.

Port Huron Michigan Customs Seizure: $55,591.00 US Currency Seized/$50,591.00 Returned

The experts at our firm have recovered thousands of dollars on behalf of similar clients and may be able to help you too– if you or someone you know has lost money to US Customs and Border Patrol, call our firm today for a free consultation!  Our expert attorneys are standing by to give you the advice and tools you need to recover your money.  Time is of the essence so call us now at 877-406-6906, or contact us with a private message.

US Customs Seizure in Champlain New York: $18,001.00 US Currency, along with a 2010 Dodge Journey, Seized/$17,001.00 as well as the vehicle returned

US Customs Seizure in Champlain New York

In early August 2013, US Customs and Border Patrol notified our firm that one of our office had succeeded in recovering approximately $17,000.00 in US Currency along with a 2010 Dodge Journey, valued at around $14,000.00. This news came after several months of hard work and allowed us to help our client recover not only a significant amount of money, but also his key form of transportation.

US Customs and Border Patrol seized this client’s money when he and a family member attempted to travel by vehicle into New York from Canada and failed to report the cash that they were carrying with them.  This client, a Canadian citizen, regularly both travels and does business into the US, evening owning property here.  Despite this, and despite the fact that the money was completely legitimately sourced, US Customs and Border Patrol was still able to seize it due to their failure to report.

Unfortunately, failure to report funds upon border crossing is an honest mistake that many people make, and it can lead to extremely dire consequences if action is not taken immediately upon seizure.  While recovery is attainable, as was the case with this particular client, the process is not only complicated but also extremely time-sensitive.

Victim of a US Customs Seizure in Champlain New York? If this has happened to you or a loved one, don’t wait!  You need an expert lawyer who is familiar with the laws, procedures, and winning strategies for recovery—and you need someone who will give you the prompt, personalized attention to get this matter resolved within the appropriate time limits.  Let our expert legal team recover your money and contact us today for a free consultation!  Our attorneys are waiting to discuss your case 24/7 nationwide, so call us at 877-406-6906, or contact us with a private message.

Detroit Money Seizure: $11,622.23 Seized/ $11,122.23 Returned

Detroit Money Seizure: $11,622.23 Seized/ $11,122.23 Returned

Earlier this month, one of our expert customs attorneys successfully recovered over $11,000.00 on behalf of a client whose funds were seized at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. The client sought to bring, earnings from his overseas business into the US as a wedding gift to his Son, who was married on 12-12-12 in Las Vegas, NV.  However, he failed to file a report of the funds to Customs and Border Patrol.

Federal law requires that any person bringing more than $10,000.00 into the US report these funds to Customs, identifying both the amount and kind of the funds to be transported.  Furthermore, federal law authorizes Customs to seize and forfeit these funds whenever an individual has failed to meet these reporting requirements.  Thus, despite the money’s legitimate source and purpose, Customs seized this client’s money.

Many people are unaware of these reporting requirements, and fall subject to these laws.  More importantly, though, many people are also unaware that when this happens, they can get their money back.  Before Customs can forfeit money, it must issue a formal notice of seizure.  This notice provides an individual with several courses of action, all of which are subject to strict deadlines.  The option that we typically choose on behalf of our clients is to file a petition for the remission of forfeiture.  This petition must be filed within 30 days from the date of the notice letter.  Generally, if a petition shows that the funds were legitimately sourced and purposed, and that the client made an honest mistake in failing to report the money, Customs will remit some or all of the seizure, as happened in this case.

However, this process is nuanced and requires compliance with strict time and material requirements—failure to adhere to all of Customs’ rules and procedures will often result in loss of the funds, and that’s why it is important to have an experienced attorney who knows the ins and outs of this process.

If this has happened to you or a friend, act now. Even if Customs has seized your money, there may be a way to recover if you act quickly enough.  We have expert attorneys who practice throughout the US and who will persevere until your money is recovered, so call us now for a free consultation at 877-406-6906, or contact us with a private message.  Time is of the essence!

NASHVILLE, TN Money Seizure: $63,689.00 Seized/ $58,600.00 Returned

NASHVILLE, TN Money Seizure

NASHVILLE, TN Money Seizure: $63,689.00  Seized/ $58,600.00 Returned

In December of 2012, a client in Nashville, TN, traveling on business from Ghana to the United States, had his money seized by the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. The client had $63,689.00 that he was carrying in cash seized by Customs. Due to the unstable and unsafe banking options in the country of Ghana, the client was carrying the money on his person into the United States, when he encountered Border Patrol Agents at the Nashville International Airport.

Although our client was experienced with US Customs and Border Patrol, and was aware of the declaration law, a simple mistake in his forms resulted in an immediate seizure of his money. This case is great example of how even when there is a mistake the experienced and successful attorneys at our firm are able to get your money back, and iron out a potentially huge business loss.

Besides the personal stress of the seizure process, the loss of money for his business had an immediate and troubling impact. The good news is that by contacting our firm, he was able to rest easy knowing he was in the able hands of professionals dedicated to get the results he needed.

In only four months our client received $58,600.00 of his money back, a swift turnover, and financial victory, achieved with the assistance of our educated and professional attorneys. This helped to stabilize his business that he worked so hard to build. If you have had your money seized, our attorneys can help you. Whether it was a mistake or a failure to declare, our attorneys can help you get your money back. It’s important to act quickly and contact us for a free consultation at 877-406-6906 or you can contact us with a private message.

 

HOUSTON, TX Money Seizure: $16,182.00 Seized/ $15,182.00 Returned

December 2012 was a busy season for travel, both for business and as part of the holidays. One of our clients was returning from work in Jordan, to his home in Houston, Texas, through the George Bush International Airport, unfortunately our client did not properly declare the money he carrying with him, and as a result the United States Customs and Border Patrol seized all of his cash.

The amount of cash our client was carrying was $16,182.00. He was carrying this money both to fund his travels, and to bring as gifts to the relatives he was visiting with for the Holiday season.

US Customs law and procedure can be complex and difficult to understand, and many of our clients have come to us as a result of the money seizure they suffered due to simple mistakes, or lack of declaring. If this has happened to you, a friend or family member, contact our attorneys now for a free consultation at 877-406-6906, or you can contact us with a private message.

HOUSTON, TX Money Seizure: $16,182.00 Seized/ $15,182.00 Returned

As a result of the hard work of our experienced and dedicated attorneys, our client saw a return of $15,182.00, in only three and half months. This impressive return of our clients cash is a wonderful example of how having the right attorneys fighting for you will insure success, and peace of mind. Our client was able to deliver his family gifts and maintain his professional and personal travel funds. To learn more about how our attorneys can help you call us now for your free consultation at 877-406-6906, or you can contact us with a private message.

Detroit Money Seizure: $33,000.00 Seized, $33,000.00 Returned

Detroit Money Seizure

Detroit Money Seizure: $33,000.00 Seized, $33,000.00 Returned:

In late 2012 one of our attorney’s was able to see our client get the quickest return of seized assets yet, recovering all seized funds held by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, in under a month and 1/2. While in many cases, individuals are only able to recover a portion of monies seized, because of settlement guidelines, and penalties, this sum represents the entire amount seized in this case.

This client was apprehended at Detroit Metropolitan Airport, where he accurately declared all of his money. Afterwards, however, Customs agents found marijuana on the client’s person, and he was subsequently charged with a misdemeanor. Customs seized the drugs, but then also seized the client’s money, Customs took the money under the pretext that the client had failed to report it—Customs failed to accurately classify the money as part of a drug seizure, in doing so, it allow our offices to successfully argue, no violation existed, and the money needed to be returned. Now if the money had been seized by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), or the case had been characterized as a drug money seizure, it would have made any recover efforts on behalf of the client much more difficult.

While time is always of the essence in Customs cases, timing was especially crucial in this case. Because the client retained us immediately after this occurred, we were able to act quickly enough to recover the money before the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), was able to make a parallel seizure.

If this has happened to you, a friend or a family member, act now. Even if Customs has seized your money along with drugs or other illegal materials, or if you failed to properly declare your money, there may be a way to recover if you act quickly enough. Of course, you’ll also need an aggressive, fast-acting attorney who knows how to navigate the complex area of customs law. We have expert attorneys who practice throughout the US and who will persevere until your money is recovered, so call us now for a free consultation at 877-406-6906, or contact us with a private message. Time is of the essence!

Detroit-Windsor Tunnel Border Seizure: $12,00.00 US seized, $11,000.00 US Returned

Detroit-Windsor Tunnel Border Seizure

Detroit-Windsor Tunnel Border Seizure:

After five and 1/2 months of hard work, one of our customs attorneys recently succeeded in recovering nearly $12,000.00 in seized funds from US Customs and Border Patrol. These funds were seized in Detroit, Michigan, at the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel crossing while the client attempted to enter the USA from Windsor, Canada. While the funds were legitimate, the client misstated the amount of money that he was bringing into the country. Unaware of the strict and complex reporting requirements, the client did not realize the potential damage of such a mistake.

Because of the complexity of the law and process surrounding US Customs policy, this is an easy and all too common mistake, and what makes the situation worse is that many people are unaware that they can often recover these funds. Time is of the essence, however—in most cases, an individual will lose his opportunity to challenge a seizure if he fails to file a petition within 30 days. Additionally, the longer the money remains in the custody of U.S. Customs, the more likely the assets will be completely forfeited to the government. Finally, even with a diligent attorney, the complexity of US customs law often makes for a long recovery process. Given the harsh time constraints and complicated law, many individuals are not aware of their rights, or are unable to adequately fight for those rights. As a result, most of the millions of dollars that Customs seizes annually are forfeited to the US government.

Legal representation is of the utmost importance in this area. If this has happened to you, you need an advocate who knows the way around the complex policies and bureaucracy of Customs, and who can constantly, diligently fight for the recovery of your money before time runs out.

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. If this has happened to you, or to a friend or loved one, time is of the essence, Call Now!

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