Search Seizure Forfeiture Lawyer in Ft Lauderdale
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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
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.