Criminal and Civil Forfeiture in NYC
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Forfeiture is the government seizure of property that is connected to illegal activity. Law enforcement claims that it is necessary to deter drug crimes, however, others argue that forfeiture results in too many innocent parties having their property taken away.
Criminal forfeiture is a punitive measure taken against a defendant after a conviction. The government may seize your property as part of the sentence. It is important to remember though that because it is a criminal proceeding, you are entitled to the protections of the Fourth and Fifth Amendments. Civil forfeiture is an action against the property itself. A criminal charge or conviction is not always necessary before the government can seize your property.
If your property has been seized as a result of criminal or civil forfeiture, contact Manhattan criminal defense attorney Paul D. Petrus Jr. & Associates, P.C. to inform you of your rights and the best course of action.