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.

 

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.

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.

Everything is bigger in Texas- Even the Texas Customs Seizures

Texas Customs Seizures

In early April U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents seized $80,000.00 at the Santa Teresa port of entry in addition to one pound of marijuana. The vehicle, a 2003 Ford Lobo driven by 23 year old Jose Jaquez, was traveling from the US to the driver’s home country of Mexico. Drug dogs alerted to a hidden floor compartment which revealed the drugs and cash contraband. The department notes that their primary directive is anti-terrorism but increased surveillance has the added effect of stopping smuggling of drugs and money.

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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.  Victim of a Texas Customs Seizures? Time is of the essence!

US CBP Port Everglades Money Seizures

Port Everglades Money Seizures

Port Everglades Money Seizures

Port Everglades  of Broward County, Florida is one of the busiest ports for trade and tourism in South Florida. Whether it’s international cruise lines, or US coastal tours, the people, ships, and products pour in and out of Port Everglades all day, every day.

Popular with the Navy as a favorite port, it also boasts the largest service of petroleum products for South Florida, an area that demands jet, car, and standard oil fuels in massive amounts for it’s tourism industry. It’s easy access to international transportation, and mild climate allows Port Everglades to offer comfortable and safe travel for it’s countless travelers both in and out of the United States.

Whenever international, and even national travel is concerned, it is important to know and understand the rules and regulations that make up the United States Custom Laws.  It is legal and permissible to transport money in and out of the United States, however, if the amount being transferred is over $10,000 the proper report must be filed. This is Customs Form 4790.  Failure to file the proper report can result in your money being seized by the government.

If the U.S. government has seized your money, or begun litigation in civil forfeiture against you, you need the assistance of an attorney who has helped other clients, successfully defend themselves.  Get the help you need now: 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!

Buffalo, NY Seized Cash: $13,00.00 US seized, $12,000.00 US Returned

Buffalo, NY Seized Cash

Recently, after US Customs seized over $13,000.00 from one of our clients, our attorneys succeeded in recovering these funds after five months of hard work. These funds were seized at a Border Port of Entry in Buffalo, New York when a client attempted to enter the United States from Niagara, Canada, with a combination of money and traveler’s checks. While the funds were legitimate, the client was unaware of the detailed reporting requirements to bring such amounts of money into the country.

Unfortunately, Customs policies are confusing and such mistakes are quite common. So what types of currency CAN you bring in or out of the country without declaring it? To start, traveler’s checks, foreign currency equaling the amount of $10,000.00 USD, and endorsed checks all count—they must be reported. If you’re looking for a more in-depth listing, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Department has put forth a helpful list, available here.

The most interesting exception is that for unendorsed checks. This means if you have not signed the back of the check, you can evade reporting requirements. The list also contains some noteworthy terms that a common traveler might not be familiar with. For example, wondering what a “bill of ladling” is? This is not a common legal term, but it means “a document signed by a carrier (transporter of goods) or the carrier’s representative and issued to a consignor (the shipper of goods) that evidences the receipt of goods for shipment to a designation and person.” Becoming familiar with this list and its terms is important—it’s the best way to ensure that you’ll cross the border with all of your money in tact!

If Customs does seize your money, time is of the essence and it is important to immediately file a petition for relief. The longer the money remains in the custody of U.S. Customs, the more likely that the assets will be forfeited to the government. Customs seizure law is complex, and it is important to have experienced legal representation throughout the process. Most of the currency that is seized will ultimately be forfeited to the government, primarily due to a lack of aggressive recovery efforts. This is an area of the law where an attorney with expertise can prove extremely valuable.

If this has happened to you, a friend, or a loved one, legal representation is crucial. The recovery process is often difficult and complicated, so you need somebody who knows the complicated rules and policies of US Customs law who can fight diligently and effectively for the return of your money.

Customs law is dense, complex, and extremely time-sensitive. Most claims for returned funds cannot be brought more than 30 days after the money has been seized, and the longer the money stays in the custody of Customs, the more likely it will be ultimately forfeited to the US Government, which takes in millions of seized customs dollars annually.

Buffalo, NY Seized Cash?

Don’t let this happen to you. Our experienced customs 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.

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