As part of a criminal prosecution of a defendant in federal court, the prosecution can bring an action to charge the property used in the crime or received from the crime, along with charging the defendant in a case. If the jury decides that the property is forfeitable, the court can issue an order of forfeiture. What this means is that if you are facing federal criminal charges in Michigan, not only is your freedom on the line, but your home, money, vehicle, boat, or any other property you own could also be at stake. It is crucial to work with a defense lawyer who can take the time to deal with the many various elements of your case, including the criminal forfeiture considerations you will be dealing with. At Grabel & Associates, our team is committed to providing comprehensive defense representation, and we know what it takes to aggressively defend clients accused of all types of misdemeanor and felony offenses. Contact us now to learn more about our proven approach and to connect with an attorney who knows what it takes to deliver exceptional results in Michigan federal criminal cases. We can be reached 24/7 at 1-800-342-7896 or online through the contact page.
Scott Grabel founded our firm over 15 years ago and has since remained committed to growing a respected practice capable of handling even the most serious criminal cases in Michigan. Our federal practice has grown out of our winning tradition, and we handle federal criminal cases at every stage of the case and every stage of federal court. Contact us now for a free initial case consultation and learn more about the steps you should be taking to protect yourself or your loved one after a criminal forfeiture action. Let us protect your property and freedom as you battle back against the prosecution.
18 U.S.C. 982 lists a large group of offenses for which the prosecution can bring criminal forfeiture actions. The court, in imposing a sentence, must order a person to forfeit any real or personal property involved in these offenses to the federal government. This property can include anything used in the commission of the crime, any profits derived from the commission of the crime, or any property used to facilitate the commission of a crime.
Because the standards for what is forfeitable are so broad, there is not much the government won’t go after if you are accused of a federal criminal offense. Our trial attorneys have experience protecting clients like you whose property is threatened, and we are ready now to protect you and your family from wrongful or excessive forfeiture and the many other negative effects that criminal conviction can bring.
Don’t wait to get in touch with our qualified trial team. Contact us by phone or online now and let us begin representing your best interests as you continue your battle for justice both inside and outside the courtroom.
There is no limit to the amount of property the government can seize if you are convicted of a federal offense. For some cases, including drug crime cases, the government must hold a hearing where third parties can claim an interest in the property to be seized; however the amount you will lose is not affected either way. Additionally, the government could pursue an action against your property alone even if a conviction against you is not possible, and administrative forfeiture could be an option in some cases, which takes the court process out of the equation completely. It is crucial that you have an attorney who can sort through the various actions against you and comprehensively protect you on all fronts.
Our Michigan defense lawyers know that criminal forfeiture could drastically affect your life, not even just now but for the rest of your life. No one wants to start over after losing their home, savings, and other property, and we will do everything we can to prevent that. Contact us now by phone or online and let us begin advising you as you proceed through your criminal case.
Call our toll free hotline right now – we can be reached 24/7 at 1-800-342-7896. You can also contact us online if you are not currently near a phone, but don’t wait. The best results are often only available for a limited time period, and you need the best possible defense lawyer on your side right away so that you don’t miss out.