Asset Forfeiture: What To Do When Police Seize Your Property
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Asset forfeiture is a booming business for law enforcement. Federal forfeiture raked in $2.5 billion in 2010 alone. Over 400 federal statutes trigger forfeiture. No one has to even be charged with a crime to lose property to forfeiture. This book tells citizens what to do if it happens to them. It outlines the law with links to statutes, cases, and internet resources. More
Asset forfeiture has risen from an obscure concept in the mid-1980s to a whopping profit-making industry for law enforcement agencies. Over 400 federal statues now trigger forfeiture, and every state has its own statutes as well. These statutes allow police to seize property - not just from criminal defendants, but from third parties such as parents, spouses, landlords, and lien-holders. Because there is no requirement that anyone be charged, much less convicted, large numbers of forfeiture cases are not even connected to a criminal proceeding.
Forfeiture victims have a difficult time defending their property, especially when the government can seize everything they have, leaving them unable to finance a defense.
This book explains in the detail the federal forfeiture process -- civil and criminal. It tells how to qualify for a court-appointed attorney, and what to do if you are forced to represent yourself.
The book is outlined in a simple question and answer format, with citations to statutes and cases, with links to FEAR's law library and other free internet resources for legal research. It includes a link to a step-by-step video which explains how to prepare a claim and Answer.
The Appendix contains the complete text of several of the most important forfeiture procedural statute. These procedures are explained in the text, with links to the statutes.
Every forfeiture victim needs this book. Criminal defense lawyers need it too, to avoid giving incorrect advice to their clients faced with forfeiture proceedings.