Customs Money Seizure
Every year Customs seizes millions of dollars from people arriving or departing from Florida Airports, and many other airports throughout the United States. A money seizure lawyer can help you work with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to recover any money taken from you. If your property or cash assets have been seized, you need an experienced customs lawyer.
What Is A Seizure?
A seizure is the act of law enforcement seizing possessions such as cash, vehicles, and real estate when it is believed to have some connection to a crime. While the constitution limits property seizure laws, property can be taken to fulfill an unpaid judgment, as long as there was a notice of seizure for the total due.
Reasons For Money Seizure At Airports
If Customs officers believe that your cash comes from a criminal act, they are allowed to seize it. These types of searches happen all the time at airports across the United States. The Customs and Border Protection searches and seizes property, looking for jewelry, alcoholic beverages, and any other items, but most importantly, they are looking for cash.
What Can I Do When My Money Has Been Seized?
Some possible civil forfeiture defenses include:
Innocent owner – When you can prove that you did not know your property was used for illegal activities.
Unreasonable delay – The government takes too much time to file your case and bring it to trial.
Unlawful search and seizure – The ability toe prove cash has been seized illegally.
Disproportionality – This is when the forfeiture is disproportionate to the actual offense committed.
Statutory defenses – Other civil forfeiture defenses that apply to your specific circumstances.
Recover Your Money With An Effective Civil Forfeiture Defense
Based on the facts of your case, you may be able to recover all or some of your property. Many people lose cash to asset forfeiture every day, because they are do not know their rights due to hiring the wrong civil forfeiture defense attorneys. It is imperative that you learn your constitutional rights.
Proving A Lawful Use Of Seized Money
People carry cash for so many reasons and proving a legitimate use of seized money is a challenging process if not adequately documented. These situations will require adequate documentation, gathering witness testimony, and other evidence such as records, emails, social media posts that will help you demonstrate what the money was used for. We will help you gather this evidence and support your claim.
We Can Help You With Cash Seizure
If your cash has been taken due to an alleged connection to a crime, you need an experienced customs attorney to work with law enforcement and ensure you get your cash assets back. Schedule a confidential case evaluation with an experienced customs lawyer, contact us today.