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.

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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.

US Customs and Border Protection Preclearance Zones

Bahamas, US Customs and Border Protection Preclearance Zones

US Customs PreClearance Zones:

While most inspections for US Customs and Border Protection take place in the United States, there are several inspection sites known as “US Customs PreClearance Zones” in other countries. These countries allow CBP to set up inspection zones prior to the traveler even leaving their airport of departure. If they are traveling to the US and have failed to declare, or have violated other customs policies, their money can be seized. Travelers pre-cleared at one of Customs and Border Protection’s foreign preclearance locations in Canada or the Caribbean are not required to clear customs and immigration again when they arrive in the United States.

Currently the U.S. has 15 locations in five countries including:

The vast majority of PreClearance zones are located in Canada. If you have been subject to a customs money seizure at a PreClearance zone, or otherwise, it is important to retain an experienced attorney. There are strict filing deadlines which, when missed, deprive you of your right to appeal this seizure. It is important to act quickly, and retain an attorney who knows the system and can work to protect your rights.

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.

For more information see also, PreClearance Locations, or PreClearance Fact Sheet

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.

Dennis DeConcini Port

On April 7 a Mexican National was apprehended for trying to smuggle $175,000.00 through the Dennis DeConcini Port in Arizona. Twenty-Nine year old Samir Alexander Lara-Ambriz was driving a Mercedes sedan. The money was found in a sealed compartment in 14 separate packages. Mr. Lara-Ambriz was apparently trying to leave the country and enter Mexico.

Generally, if a person fails to disclose money over $10,000.00 the money will be seized. It can only be returned if legitimate source AND legitimate purpose can be proven. Call us now for a free consultation at 877-406-6906 or contact us with a private message.

http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/newsroom/news_releases/local/04082013_4.xml

$90,000.00 Seized at the Dennis Deconcini Port of Entry

In Mid April, a 34 year old Mexican National from Nogales Sonora by the name of Cesar Olea Vazquez was caught attempting to smuggle $90,000.00 in contraband currency at the Dennis Deconcini Port of Entry. A drug sniffing dog alerted on the pickup and the agents found stacks of cash hidden under the seats.

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!

http://www.kpho.com/story/22019037/cbp-man-tries-to-smuggle-90k-into-mexico

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

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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.

Huge 360k seizure at Hidalgo International Bridge

Hidalgo International Bridge seizure

Hidalgo International Bridge seizureOn May 2nd, 2013 at Hidalgo International Bridge a 23 year man from San Luis Potosi, Mexico was stopped and searched. Upon discovering problems with his vehicle, 36 separate packages of cash were discovered, each containing $10,000.00. “This outstanding seizure of unreported currency was accomplished due to excellent teamwork from our CBP-OFO officers,” said Efrain Solis Jr., port director, Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas. “People who fail to declare currency in excess of $10,000 entering or leaving the country will face penalties or be subject to having CBP seize all of the unreported currency.”

Seizures like this remind us that there is a reason for the law requiring disclosure of amounts in excess of $10,000.00. There is additionally good reason for the remission of seizures where an innocent owner can prove a legitimate source of the funds.

http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/newsroom/news_releases/local/05032013_4.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.

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