Over the last few years, both the state of Arizona and the federal government have employed a variety of statutes that enable them to seize and confiscate personal property and real estate from Arizona citizens. This is commonly referred to as asset forfeiture.
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At the Younglove Law Firm, our Phoenix asset forfeiture attorneys are here to help if you are facing the loss of your property. We will not back down from any government agency trying to take your property.
When you are facing the confiscation of your property, turn to a Phoenix criminal defense attorney who has been helping residents in our area since 1997. The Younglove Law Firm is ready to get to work.
Asset forfeiture laws can be incredibly difficult to understand, which is why you need a skilled attorney by your side if you are facing the confiscation of your property by any government agency. Your attorney can use their resources to:
A skilled Phoenix asset forfeiture attorney may also be able to successfully argue that the value of the forfeited property is disproportionate to the crime in question. Additionally, it may be necessary for your attorney to use expert forensic accountants to show that the property in question was purchased with legitimate funds.
A common misconception is that only those who have been arrested and convicted of crimes can face the confiscation and forfeiture of their property. That is not always the case. There are times when those who have never been arrested or criminally charged have been forced to forfeit their possessions to federal or state agents. Asset forfeiture laws often make it legal for government agencies to seize property from those who are innocent so long as there is a connection between the confiscated property and the commission of a crime.
In most situations, the time limit for responding to and informing the government that you are going to fight and asset forfeiture in court is very short. You will usually not have more than 30 days to respond to these notices. However, you do have the right to protect your property against aggressive prosecutors and law enforcement agencies, both of whom often benefit directly from the seized funds.
Asset forfeitures are civil proceedings, which unfortunately means that the government does not have to prove a crime beyond a reasonable doubt. The burden of proof in these cases is much lower than the burden placed on criminal convictions, and there is virtually no limit on what kind of property the government can seize.
If you or somebody you care about is facing asset forfeiture by a state governmental agency or the federal government, you need to seek assistance from an attorney immediately. At the Younglove Law Firm, we are here to protect your legal rights. Our experienced Phoenix asset forfeiture attorney will walk you through this process and put the law back on your side. Nobody will take your case more seriously than we do, and you can contact us for a confidential consultation of your case by clicking here or calling us at (602) 737-3333.