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 CBP Seizes Undeclared Ammunition from CBP Trusted Traveler

CBP Trusted Traveler

The Ambassador bridge offers the NEXUS trusted traveler program to expedite border crossing for those individuals who are low risk and frequent travelers. The CBP Trusted Traveler program is appropriate for those who live or work across the border. It entails heightened initial investigation to grant the privilege of liberal travel thereafter. After the prescreening process, there is a zero tolerance policy in place and any violation results in the immediate suspension of the license. This pass works at northern border ports of entry, NEXUS kiosks, and Canadian Preclearance locations , as well as marine reporting locations.

On September 11, 2013 a 36 year old Canadian citizen who was a member of the CBP trusted traveler program was detained and search by the Department of Homeland Security. The man, who has not been identified by name, entered via the NEXUS lane. During a secondary inspection he was found to be traveling with $3,450 rounds of .22 caliber ammunition which was seized for failure to declare. The boxes of ammunition were hidden below the front passenger seat floor. This man will almost certainly be expelled from the NEXUS trusted traveler program based on the comments from Customs and Border Protection. It remains to be seen whether he will be prosecuted.

Victim of a money or goods seizure? Americans are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty, but civil forfeiture turns this principle on its head. With civil forfeiture, you are guilty of the violation with the effect that your money is held until you can prove that you are an innocent owner with a legitimate use for the money. We can help. Our firm has recovered hundreds of thousands of dollars on behalf of similarly situated clients and can help you too. If you have 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. 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.

 

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.

SWEETGRASS, MT: Seized Kawasaki Motorcycle Returned

Yesterday, one of our attorneys received approval from US Customs and Border Patrol (US CBP) for the return of a client’s Kawasaki motorcycle.  US CBP seized the bike when the client, a Canadian citizen, was found using it to travel illegally into and throughout the United States.  The return of the motorcycle came after a months-long struggle with US CBP, including the filing of a lengthy initial petition as well as a subsequent supplemental petition.

US Customs Seizure Montana:

kawasakiIn fact, the client had illegally entered the United States from Canada, and he did so knowingly.  Despite this, our experts was able to convince US CBP that given the client’s circumstances, equity and justice warranted the return of the bike.  To start, the client did most of his work in the US, and though he knew his work visa had expired, he was desperate to cross the border to be able to work and continue to support himself in the meantime.  In addition, the motorcycle represented the client’s primary form of transportation and without it, he would be essentially immobilized.  Learning this, US CBP agreed that it would be fair to return the bike to him.

US Customs and Border Patrol can seize money or goods for a number of reasons, typically because it believes those items are connected with a crime such as, here, transporting an illegal alien, or other offenses like drug crimes.  However, this case goes to show that when US CBP seizes money or goods, even if the seizure is warranted and the individual is at fault, mitigating circumstances such as hardship can be enough to secure the return of the seized items.  If this has happened to you or a friend, call our customs lawyers today. The seized goods may be recovered, even if you believe you are responsible for the violation that caused the goods to be taken. However, time is of the essence.  Recovering seized goods is a complex, time-sensitive process that requires quick, strategic action.  You need an attorney who can quickly find the best course of action, who will begin fighting for you immediately, and who will continue to fight zealously on your behalf until your property is recovered.

Our knowledgeable, skilled, and experienced attorneys are available 24/7, nationwide, to consult with you for free and initiate out a plan to recover your property.  Again, time is of the essence, so call now!  Our office can easily be reached by phone 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.

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-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!

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