Asset forfeiture is something you must understand in the event that you are accused of a federal crime. If you aren’t prepared, your personal property and rights can be violated.
What Is Asset Forfeiture?
Asset forfeiture is when the authorities confiscate any materials or property connected with an alleged crime. For example, such assets may include money that was received as payment for a drug deal.
Asset forfeiture deprives convicted criminals of the “reward” for their actions and is meant to discourage future crimes.
There is a serious problem with the concept of asset forfeiture, however. It can be severely distorted to allow police to take more assets than necessary.
Asset Forfeiture Abuse
Did you know that police may apply asset forfeiture laws before you’re even charged with a crime? This can amount to the government seizing your property for no valid reason.
Additionally, you don’t know where those funds are going. The FBI claims to put them to use in positive applications such as buying protective gear for police, training police dogs, and equipping emergency responders. But you aren’t told how your assets are specifically used.
Police can potentially seize property under the asset forfeiture laws simply to benefit their local department.
Protect Your Rights in Asset Forfeiture
You have the right to contest a seizure of your property by the authorities.
You’ll need the help of an experienced Atlanta defense attorney when protecting your assets from the authorities. Jeff Manciagli and his team will fight for your rights to stop police from unjustly confiscating anything beyond what the law allows.
Call the office of Jeff Manciagli today to get help in understanding asset forfeiture law and your rights.
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