fighting forfeitures

When the Government Seizes Your Assets

Has the government taken your property, and claimed the assets are somehow related to criminal activity? While criminal forfeitures occur where the assets are believed to be proceeds from an illegal activity, civil forfeitures may occur solely through a connection to alleged unlawful activity. Soemtimes, the government can seize your property even if you had nothing to do with the criminal activity!

Police and the government often use money from forfeitures to fund their own projects. They have a strong financial incentives to look for any excuse to take property.

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The Technical and Legal Requirements

There are many technical mistakes in forfeiture proceedings that can be made by you, which could result in the immediate forfeiture of your property.

The proper defense of forfeiture cases requires specialized legal knowledge derived from various legal areas: Criminal procedure; informant disclosure rules; Fourth and Fifth Amendment exclusionary rules; substantive state and federal criminal; drug laws; money laundering laws; state and federal forfeiture laws; state property laws; the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Supplemental Rules for Certain Admiralty & Maritime Claims, including in rem jurisdiction; and sometimes even tax consequences.

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Experienced Representation

As a former federal prosecutor, Amy Lee Copeland has the experience and skills needed to successfully fight a government seizure of your assets or property.

There has been substantial criticism of forfeiture practice in Georgia - but in the meantime, it is still the law, and you have to be prepared to keep your assets or property from being kept unfairly, when others have successfully fought for the return of their property. Until this “policing for profit” is eliminated from Georgia law, you will have to fight in court for your things.

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Attorney Fees

Your ability to hire a lawyer does not have to be hindered due to frozen bank accounts or seized assets. In some instances attorney fees can be paid through a contingency fee, or in some cases the attorney fee can be recovered later from the property seized due to provisions in the law.

The proper defense of forfeiture cases requires specialized legal knowledge derived from various legal areas: Criminal procedure; informant disclosure rules; Fourth and Fifth Amendment exclusionary rules; substantive state and federal criminal; drug laws; money laundering laws; state and federal forfeiture laws; state property laws; the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Supplemental Rules for Certain Admiralty & Maritime Claims, including in rem jurisdiction; and sometimes even tax consequences.

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