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.

Money Seized McCarran International Airport? 877-406-6906

Money Seized McCarran International Airport

Had your Money Seized at the McCarran International Airport?

McCarran International Airport IATA: LASICAO: KLASFAA LID: LAS, named after the former Nevada Senator Pat McCarran (1876–1954), is the main airport serving Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. The airport is five miles from downtown Las Vegas and has four runways. Ranked 24th in the world for passenger traffic, McCarran is owned by Clark County and operated by the Clark County Department of Aviation (DOA). The terminals in true Las Vegas fashion have more than 1,234 slot machines.

Terminal 3, which opened on June 27, 2012is used for all international flights as well as some domestic airlines. It is the largest public works project in Nevada, and cost $2.4 billion after the opening of Terminal 3, the gates at McCarran totaled 117. Terminal 3 has its own bag claim, ticketing and parking facilities. The CBP arrivals hall is nearly 60,000 square feet and features 28 passenger processing lanes.  The large queuing area has the capacity to process up to 2,000 passengers per hour.  Despite these upgrades lines to pass through customs remain long.

If your Money been seized in Las Vegas Nevada or at McCarran 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. People fly with cash for many reasons, not to mention that possessing legal currency from any nation is not illegal. Nor should anyone be shocked that people may be flying to Las Vegas with larger than average sums of cash in their possession. 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.

 

Las Vegas Money Seizure? 877-406-6906

Las Vegas Money Seizure

Have you had money seized in Las Vegas Nevada?

Las Vegas or sometimes more affectionately called, Lost Wages, is the most populous city in Nevada and the county seat of Clark County. One of the top tourist destinations in the world, millions of tourist visit Las Vegas each year. An internationally renowned resort city known for gambling, shopping, fine dining, and nightlife. The gambling and entertainment industry in Las Vegas is mostly focused in the Las Vegas Strip. The Strip is not actually located in city limits, but instead in the surrounding unincorporated communities of Paradise and Winchester. The largest and most notable casinos and buildings are located there.

What does this all mean? Well it means that hundreds of thousand of dollars, possibly millions of dollars are transported in and out of Las Vegas every day. Inevitably, many of those dollars are in cash form (or some form that would be considered a seize-able monetary instrument), and potentially in peril of seizure by the DEA, US Customs and Border Protection, and a number of other governmental agencies, for a wide variety of reasons which this site has touched on in other posts. Many of these seizures occur at McCarran International Airport.

If your Money been seized in Las Vegas Nevada or at McCarran 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.

Money Seized, what now? 19 CFR § 162.43, 19 USC § 1606

money seized

What happens to my money once it has been seized?

Once your money is seized, CBP agents must appraise the domestic value of the items. 19 CFR § 162.43, 19 USC § 1606. This means the “ price at which such or similar property is freely offered for sale at the time and place of appraisement, in the same quantity or quantities as seized, and in the ordinary course of trade.” Id. At this point, your property can still be returned if you file a timely Petition and prove your innocent owner and legitimate source defenses.

Once you have lost your rights in the property, either by failing to file a timely petition or by losing your one chance to appeal, Customs may use, sell, or destroy the items. Contraband is generally destroyed. If any of the items are retained by Customs, they must issue notice to you. So, if you don’t want your property being destroyed or put to use by the federal government, it is critical to get your petition right. Filing a Remission of Forfeiture is tricky business. It is full of complicated legal jargon and requires strict compliance with notoriously complex and voluminous federal regulation and bureaucracy. Do not try it yourself, call our experienced attorneys.

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

CBP Agents Seized Over $10,000 From Traveler’s Shoes

CBP Agents Seized

She may have diamonds in the soles of her shoes, but a Phoenix man has Benjamin’s in the soles of his shoes. One hundred of them to be exact. In Lukeville Arizona, on April 10, 2013 this Phoenix man was attempting to leave the United States when he was searched. The search revealed $10,744.00 in the solves of his shoes. CBP Agents Seized the money. The man was arrested and will likely be charged federally. Shoes seem to be experiencing a spike in popularity as a hiding place for contraband cash. Other common places include hidden compartments of vehicles, purses, inside clothing, etc. This could mean that agents are now routinely searching shoes at a higher frequency than before, or more people could be attempting to smuggle cash in this way.

http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/newsroom/news_releases/local/04112013.xml

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.

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.

 

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.

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