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Getting Legal Help in a White Collar Crime Case in Arizona

White collar crimes refer to financially motivated nonviolent crimes that are committed by business and government professionals. In the past years, white collar crime cases have made headlines and their frequency has increased in recent years. White collar crimes are often perpetrated by people who are in upper-level positions in business or in the government. They are usually committed by very well educated, smart, and respected members of the society whom people trust. However, these crimes are fueled by the greed for money, which leads to crimes, theft and other violations.

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Dealing with a Forfeiture in Arizona

Dealing with a Forfeiture in Arizona

As unfair as it may sound, the government can confiscate property under criminal forfeiture or civil forfeiture. Civil forfeiture is to seize property used in criminal activity, although charges have not been filed. When civil forfeiture is executed, the property owner loses all right, title and interest in the property to the government. Property that can be confiscated under these rules include:

  • Contraband
  • Proceeds gained as part of illegal activity
  • Tools or instruments used to commit crime

Civil forfeiture is based upon the basic establishment of probable cause that the property was used to commit a crime. When such an action is brought against you for your property, the time to contest the forfeiture is limited. Property may be seized through execution of a search warrant, whether there are criminal charges or convictions, or not.

Since 1985, over $7 billion dollars in property has been forfeited to the federal government. State governments also seize property for cases, with Arizona being frequently and heavily criticized in the media for having very aggressive forfeiture laws.

Having an experienced Arizona forfeiture attorney on your side will possibly enable you to gain the return of your property. The risk involved includes the possibility of having to pay attorney fees for the government, in addition to other costs, should you lose your case. (more…)


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