Florida Asset Seizure Lawyers
Under the laws of the United States, those convicted of criminal acts must relinquish their ill-gotten gains. The U.S. Department of Justice established an Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section as part of its criminal division. This division works to prosecute complex asset forfeiture cases and educate local law enforcement about the seizures of assets from those involved in criminal acts. Asset forfeiture can occur on both the federal and state levels and can have disastrous consequences for convicted defendants.
The process of asset forfeiture involves state or federal government confiscation of any and all assets suspected of being acquired through criminal acts. Government authorities will generally take legal action to permanently seize this private property. Unfortunately, the preliminary seizure, in many cases, leaves those subject to the forfeiture with insufficient funds to fight against the confiscation.
If you have been accused of a criminal act that could result in asset forfeiture, or if you have had assets frozen or seized by a government authority, it is essential to act quickly and seek legal assistance. Our Florida white collar criminal litigation team represents individuals defending against governmental asset seizure.
Fighting Asset Forfeiture
In recent years federal and state governments have leveraged a huge variety of laws, statutes and precedents to temporarily and permanently seize assets. In many cases, the government will seize the assets of those not yet arrested or convicted of criminal acts based on mere suspicion of criminal activity.
Asset seizure can be devastating if you are left with insufficient funds to mount a defense and fight for the return of your property. You should retain an experienced Florida white collar criminal litigation law firm to help you fight against this abusive use of the criminal laws.
Asset forfeiture can be triggered by a variety of criminal charges including drug crimes, tax evasion, pornography crimes, money laundering and forgery. Once the government seizes your assets, it becomes your burden to take action to secure their return.
Podhurst Orseck, P.A. Represents Clients in Asset Forfeiture Actions
Litigating against powerful government forces can pose a challenge for individuals facing asset forfeiture. Asset seizure cases often hinge on complex business and financial transactions. Thus, an attorney with a detailed understanding of business law and federal criminal legal procedures can help maximize the chance of regaining possession of your assets.
Our award-winning attorneys have represented clients accused of white collar criminal acts for nearly 50 years, and have helped to protect the assets of numerous clients.