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.

 

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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.

 

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Victim of a Pittsburgh International Airport Money Seizure?

Pittsburgh International Airport (IATAPITICAOKPITFAA LIDPIT), formerly Greater Pittsburgh Airport, Greater Pittsburgh International Airport  is commonly referred to as Pittsburgh International. The airport has flights to Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, and Europe, find PIT on Facebook. Allegheny County officials are talking to airlines about expanding international service from Pittsburgh International Airport to cities such as Rome, Amsterdam and London.

With such expansion comes an increase in government oversight of increased international traffic, and consequently the transportation of monetary instruments in and out of the country. Monetary instruments include US dollars, traveler’s checks, foreign currency, and endorsed checks. Inevitably, these instruments can be seizured 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.

Money seized in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, 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 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.

 

Laredo Port of Entry Customs Seizure

In one of the largest customs seizure cases in recent history, $460,000 was seized from a 31 year old man on February 1, 2013. The cash was hidden in various parts of the vehicle, a 2002 Dodge Ram.

Though it is rare for a person to be charged criminally for failure to disclose, here it seems pretty likely that this young man will be prosecuted. While this sort of cash smuggling seems egregious on its face, it is possible he will be able to prove a legitimate source and the intended use of the cash, and be able to explain why the monies where hidden throughout his vehicle. In this case he should be entitled to its return, minus costs and fees, but he is going to need a good attorney.

See: http://www.laredosun.us/notas.asp?id=25116

Victim of a Laredo Port of Entry Customs Seizure?

We have expert attorneys who practice throughout the US and who are dedicated to serving you, 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 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!

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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