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.

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.

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.

http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/newsroom/news_releases/local/04152013_2.xml

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!

Free Press Reports that Travelers Abandon $500,000.00 at Airports in 2012

The federal government’s financial situation seems so dire that it has turned to saving change in a jar, according to a recent report from the Detroit Free Press. In 2012 travelers abandoned over $500,000.00 mostly in loose change at airport security. Chicago and Las Vegas International Airports raked in the most coin, at over $22,000.00 each. The funds are spent on Civil Aviation Security, but some law makers hope to divert these funds to non-profit organizations. Evidently privacy is not the only thing people forfeit for the convenience of flying. If you have accidentally abandoned money at TSA  you can file a claim with TSA within 60 days.

http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013304120189

Have you been the victim of a government asset or money seizure ?  Act quickly to get our lawyers working hard to get you back your money. Our firm has the experience and skills that you need on your side for success. Nationwide, call our Attorneys 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!

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.

What is a monetary instrument?

It is legal to transport any amount of currency or other monetary instruments into or out of the United States. However the transport of currency or other monetary instruments in an aggregate amount exceeding $10,000 at one time from the United States to any foreign country, or into the United States from any foreign country, requires a filing with U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

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

Monetary instruments include:

1) U.S. or foreign coins and currency;

2) Traveler checks in any form;

3) Negotiable instruments (including checks, promissory notes, and money orders) that are either in bearer form, endorsed without restriction, made out to a fictitious payee, or other­wise in a form that the funds can be transferred to another person;

4) Incomplete instruments (including checks, promissory notes, and money orders) signed, but with the payee’s name omitted; and

5) Securities or stock in bearer form or otherwise in a form that the funds can be transferred to another person.

Monetary instruments does not include:

1) Checks or money orders made payable to the order of a named person which have not been endorsed or which bear restrictive endorsements;

2) Warehouse receipts; or

3) Bills of lading.

The Federal Government regularly seizes millions of dollars from Travelers and those trading internationally 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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