Forfeiture occurs when government authorities confiscate money or property which is alleged to have been used in criminal activity or to facilitate a crime. There are civil forfeiture laws and criminal forfeiture laws. States have their own set of forfeiture laws even though it is more frequently used by federal authorities.
All types of property, assets and money may be confiscated; however, some common items include:
- Homes/real property
- Controlled substances
There are defenses to forfeiture laws and some must be exercised quickly. The state and federal government must be accountable for their actions and the laws and proper procedure should be followed. If your property has been forfeited, you should meet with an experienced and reputable attorney for guidance.
Forfeiture Law Is Complicated
The authorities can take your money or property even if you haven't been charged or convicted of a crime. Once the authorities have your property, it can be difficult to get it back. However, hiring an attorney who understands state and federal forfeiture laws can make a big difference. At Grace, Tisdale & Clifton P.A., we have experience pursuing relief on behalf of clients who have property taken by the authorities. We can evaluate your case and pursue a claim on your behalf.
You should consult with a lawyer to get help if you had your money or property taken by state or federal authorities. Call us at 888-441-8522 or contact us online to find out more about how we can assist you in recovering an asset. Our office is located in Winston-Salem, but we represent clients throughout North Carolina.