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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.

$151,306 seized from El Paso Port of Entry

In late March, at approximately 3:40 am an 59 year old man attempted to leave the US via the El Paso Port of Entry. Juan Francisco Dominguez Morales was driving a 1996 Ford Ranger which was selected for investigation. Upon entering the vehicle agents discovered multiple soda cans that had been manipulated to conceal rolls of bills. The total amount seized was $151,306 in a combination of US and Mexican currency. Mr. Morales, from San Diego California, was arrested and went to El Paso County jail. No bond was granted, and it is expected that ICE will prosecute him federally. While it seems unlikely that he will be able to do so, if Mr. Morales can prove a legitimate source of the funds, and legitimate intended purpose he will be off the hook for the failure to disclose. 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.yumanewsnow.com/index.php/news/border/2760-cbp-seizes-more-than-150-000-in-undeclared-currency

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.

Detroit Tunnel Seizure: Local Customs Seizure Triggers National Press

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Detroit Tunnel Seizure:

On Sunday June 9th a Canadian mother named Moura El-Esmar (51) and her daughter Jacinta (16) were found to be smuggling nearly $60,000.00 in their undergarments. The duo was stopped at the tunnel in a vehicle driven by El-Esmar’s boyfriend, another Canadian citizen. Further amounts were located in her purse. Moura El-Esmar alleged that the funds were hidden for safety and to conceal the amount of her wealth from her boyfriend. Despite her allegations that the funds were from a lawful source (disability checks and her paper route), she was charged and will be prosecuted. The two were en route to Lebanon where they planned to visit relatives for approximately 10 weeks.

If this has happened to you or a friend, act nowEven 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.

Victim of a Detroit Tunnel Seizure. 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!

Dog Alerts and Money Seizures

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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.

What does NOT constitute a Monetary instrument for the purposes of 31 USC §5317?

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Monetary instruments:

In other words what types of currency CAN you bring in or out of the country without declaring it (i.e. what is not a Monetary instrument)? As you may remember traveler’s checks, foreign currency equaling the amount of $10,000.00 USD, and endorsed checks all count. The U.S. customs and border protection department has put forth a helpful list:

http://www.cbp.gov/linkhandler/cgov/newsroom/publications/travel/currency_rpt_flyer/currency_reporting.ctt/currency_reporting.pdf

The most interesting exception here is that for unendorsed checks. This means if you have not signed the back of the check, you can easily evade reporting requirements. Also of note, what is a bill of lading? 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.”

http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/bill+of+lading

Time is of the essence in currency seizure cases 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.

To retain our experienced customs seizures lawyers call (877) 406-6906., or contact us with a private message, we practice throughout the US.

Customs Seizures & the Burden of Proof

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The phrase burden of proof is a legal term of art that describes whose job it is to prove a case, and to what level of certainty. For example, in criminal matters it is the prosecutor’s job to prove the defendant guilty beyond a responsible doubt.

In a customs seizure case, the burden of proof is on the Government only to establish by a preponderance of the evidence that the property is subject to forfeiture; you the claimant can rebut this presumption if you can show you are an “innocent owner” as defined by the statue. Meaning you have to mount an offense to prove that your money not only was wrongfully seized, that it comes from a legitimate legal source, and that its intended use was a legitimate legal use. All elements must be proved by a preponderance of the evidence.

Our experienced Attorneys know what an uphill battle this is burden creates for those whose money is seized, we can help you gather documents, witnesses, and other evidence to meet this burden, win your case, and have you money returned to you.

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!

If your cash or property was seized by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and you fail to act in a timely manner, then you will automatically lose. In most cases you must file a petition within 30 days of the seizure notice.

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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