Tulsa Civil Forfeiture Lawyer
Protecting the Rights of Our Clients Involved in Asset Seizures
Civil forfeiture is used by federal law enforcement agencies to seize property alleged to either be the proceeds of a crime or an aid in criminal activity. Since civil forfeiture proceedings are, in theory, brought against a property instead of individuals, they are separate from criminal proceedings.
At Saint & Watzke, PLLP, we are dedicated to helping our clients in Oklahoma obtain the most favorable outcome possible. With an extensive track record of success, our Tulsa civil forfeiture attorneys have a thorough understanding of the state and federal legal system to help you navigate through the possible complexities of your case.
How Civil Forfeiture Works
According to federal civil forfeiture laws, the government can seize property if there is probable cause to deem it forfeitable. The government is often able to initiate administrative forfeiture proceedings against a particular piece of property by sending a “Notice of Seizure” to interested parties.
If a claim is not filed within 30 days, the property will be forfeited without a court proceeding. In some cases, the government cannot proceed in an administrative manner and must file a civil lawsuit in federal district court.
- Parties who have been notified that their assets are subject to forfeiture may pursue either or both of the following actions to regain their property:
- File a claim of ownership, which forces the government to initiate court proceedings
- File a petition for remission or mitigation of the forfeiture penalty, which is the same as seeking a “pardon” for the property
Let Us Assist You Today
It is imperative to consult with an experienced lawyer on the possible consequences of contesting a forfeiture, which includes the potential of implicating yourself in a crime or incurring IRS audits. Our Tulsa civil forfeiture attorneys are ready to protect your rights, reputation, and freedom from any criminal or civil proceedings.
Contact us and request a free consultation today.