Civil and criminal forfeiture has grown dramatically in Dallas and nationwide
In theory, forfeiture deprives criminals of financial gain associated with wrongdoing. Unfortunately, forfeiture is ripe for abuse.
Through the forfeiture process, federal and state government agencies can seize homes, vehicles, cash and other property.
In criminal proceedings, the government must prove every element of a crime beyond a reasonable doubt. But in asset forfeiture, the burden of proof is far lower.
The feds can initiate civil forfeiture proceedings simply by showing probable cause that assets were connected with criminal activity. A criminal forfeiture takes place after a conviction. Obviously, forfeiture can deny your ability to retain competent legal representation.
If you’re facing seizure of your assets, the lawyer you hire will make a substantial difference in keeping or losing your property
You have the right to a hearing. These are difficult, but not impossible to win
Every step he takes in your case will be aimed at helping you keep or get back what is rightfully yours.
Dan Guthrie is well-versed in these legal, procedural and strategic issues, and he will work with former federal investigators and IRS agents to show your assets were acquired legitimately.