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Chicago Asset Forfeiture Attorney
Police can seize your personal property, under asset forfeiture laws, if there is reason to believe that the property was obtained through criminal activity. If you are facing possible drug crime charges, your property can be seized without a conviction. Call the Law Office of William Carlos Weeden. Attorney Weeden is knowledgeable of the asset forfeiture laws and defense strategies. He will work to inform and educate you about your rights, and to build a strong criminal defense on your behalf.
Federal and state law allows law enforcement agencies and prosecutors to seize property, including money, from people convicted of certain federal or state crimes, such as drug trafficking, money laundering, and organized crime. The seizure is known as “forfeiture,” and it’s done without compensation to the owner. Prosecutors must be able to prove that the defendant used the property to commit a crime, earned the property from illegal activity, or purchased the property using the proceeds of illegal acts. Forfeiture laws are intended to punish the defendant, reduce profits from — and thereby deter — criminal activity, and produce revenue for law enforcement agencies. In addition to federal forfeiture laws, most states have laws that permit state agencies to seize property gained or used in criminal activity.
Asset Forfeiture is a civil matter that deals with the origin and use of personal property and possessions. There is a lesser burden of proof to establish grounds for the seizure of assets. The police can seize assets, with probable cause, such as:
- Bank Accounts
- Fine Art
Prior to the seizure, you will receive a written notice. If there is no address on file, the notice may be published in a public medium, such as a newspaper.
You need a solid defense to prove that your possessions were not involved in funding or obtained through criminal activity. The Law Office of William Carlos Weeden will aggressively defend your rights and work to prove that:
- your assets were not used for criminal activities
- your assets were obtained legitimately
- the seizure of the asset will result in financial hardship for your family
The Law Office of William Carlos Weeden will:
- challenge the procedures and methods used to seize the assets
- investigate the circumstances of your case,
- seek documents to back up the validity of legitimately acquired assets
- provide a robust defense to help you keep what you deserve
- work for the return your property and possessions as quickly as possible
Chicago Asset Forfeiture Attorney
Civil rights claims are an important part of our legal system, providing a balance between the duty of law enforcement to uphold the laws, and the rights of individuals to be free from police misconduct. If you feel that you or someone you know has been the victim of asset forfeiture, contact the Chicago, Illinois, Law Office of William Carlos Weeden promptly so that valuable evidence does not disappear. You may be entitled to take legal action against those responsible, and claim financial restitution based on your situation.
There are tight deadlines for asset forfeiture claims. Typically, you have only 45 days from receipt to enter a claim for the return of assets. Time is of the essence. Call the Law Office of William Carlos Weeden if you are facing asset forfeiture to get the legal help you need.
Law Office of William Carlos Weeden
The information on this website has been provided for general informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice nor create an attorney-client relationship or warrant that a certain result will be attained in a specific case. The Supreme Court of Illinois does not recognize certifications of specialties in the practice of law and the certificate, award or recognition is not a requirement to practice law in Illinois. We encourage you to contact us or another legal professional for advice regarding your individual situation.