Civil forfeiture is used by federal law enforcement agencies to seize property alleged to either be the proceeds of a crime or an aid in criminal activity. Since civil forfeiture proceedings are, in theory, brought against a property instead of individuals, they are separate from criminal proceedings.
At Saint & Watzke, PLLP, we are dedicated to helping our clients in Oklahoma obtain the most favorable outcome possible. With an extensive track record of success, our Tulsa civil forfeiture attorneys have a thorough understanding of the state and federal legal system to help you navigate through the possible complexities of your case.
According to federal civil forfeiture laws, the government can seize property if there is probable cause to deem it forfeitable. The government is often able to initiate administrative forfeiture proceedings against a particular piece of property by sending a “Notice of Seizure” to interested parties.
If a claim is not filed within 30 days, the property will be forfeited without a court proceeding. In some cases, the government cannot proceed in an administrative manner and must file a civil lawsuit in federal district court.
It is imperative to consult with an experienced lawyer on the possible consequences of contesting a forfeiture, which includes the potential of implicating yourself in a crime or incurring IRS audits. Our Tulsa civil forfeiture attorneys are ready to protect your rights, reputation, and freedom from any criminal or civil proceedings.
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