Fort Lauderdale Illegal Search, Seizure, Forfeiture Lawyer

Search Seizure Forfeiture Lawyer in Ft Lauderdale

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Get An Illegal Search, Seizure, Forfeiture  Attorney

The definition of forfeiture is the loss or giving up of something as a penalty for wrongdoing. You can lose your car in a drug bust or even your home.  There are many aspects to a criminal case that must be examined in the course of structuring a  Viable criminal defense. I will  review  any violations of your civil and constitutional rights  under  illegal search and seizure laws.

Your rights are protected by the  Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that  establishes limitations on the power that police and law enforcement  officers have in making  arrests, searching  individuals, searching  your property and seizure any objects or illegal items that are found as well as your car or property. I explore every possible violation of your rights and police procedure when preparing your Ft Lauderdale criminal case.

Forfeitures In Ft Lauderdale Drug Arrests

In 1978, Congress amended the Forfeiture Act to allow the forfeiture of anything of value used or that was intended to be used by a person to purchase illegal drugs (Psychotropic Substances Act of 1978 [Pub. L. No. 95-633, tit. III, § 301(a), 92 Stat. 3768, 3777 (codified as amended at 21 U.S.C.A. § 8821(a)(6))]). This change expanded the Forfeiture Act to allow the forfeiture of all proceeds and property that were traceable to the purchase of an illegal drug.

The Forfeiture Act was  amended in 1984, and the Comprehensive crime control act (Pub. L. No. 98-473, § 306, 98 Stat. 1837, 2050 [codified as amended at 21 U.S.C.A. § 881(a)(7)]) was  expanded  to authorize the forfeiture of real property, or land and buildings. Under the 1984 act, federal authorities may seize any real property that is purchased, used, or intended to be used to facilitate narcotics trafficking.

Defenses To Forfeiture

What are the defenses to forfeiture in Ft Lauderdale?

Innocent Owner defense
Unreasonable delay defense
Illegal search & seizure
Statutory defenses

Your assets can be  forfeited due to a  conviction for a criminal offense.   In criminal forfeiture the forfeiture becomes a   part of the indictment and the jury is asked to find for forfeiture.   Call the Law Offices of Guy Seligman to discuss your criminal forfeiture case today.