The truth is state asset forfeiture, or civil asset forfeiture, has become a valuable budgetary tool for law enforcement agencies.
In fact, according to data from the Texas Office of the Attorney General, in just 11 Texas counties alone, they spent asset forfeiture funds on the following expenses between 2011 and 2013:
- Over $41 million on equipment
- Over $20 million on salaries and overtime
- Over $6 million on facility costs
- Over $4.5 million on “miscellaneous fees”
- Clearly this level of assets creates a tremendous incentive for the state and local authorities to conduct seizures and take private property.
All of this is to say, if you have had property seized by the state, you need a knowledgeable attorney on your side immediately. You need an attorney who understands the asset forfeiture process and who will fight hard to protect your rights and your property.
At the Law Office of Steven Jumes we specialize in asset forfeiture cases. In fact, attorney Steven Jumes is a former federal prosecutor who understands how prosecutors think and the tactics they use.
Sadly, many asset forfeiture cases go uncontested by property owners. This has resulted in many losing property needlessly to the state. A good attorney, like Steven Jumes, can help you fight back against the government and retain ownership of your valuable property. He understands that state’s strategies and has defended many property owners and secured the return of their assets.
Now we are standing by to help you as well. Call (817) 934-6636 or click here to schedule a free consultation.
How Asset Forfeiture Works
The asset forfeiture process involves a state government taking property from an individual because it claims that the property was either used in a crime or was purchased with the proceeds from a crime.
Under current law, property or belongings that were allegedly part of a criminal act, or the proceeds of a crime, can be seized by the government.
Asset seizure means the state government takes physical control of the assets and asset forfeiture deprives you of title and ownership of the assets.
There are two basic types of state asset forfeiture:
Civil asset forfeiture – this is where the state is allowed to sue the property itself and no criminal charges are required.
Types of property that can be seized include:
- Other property
- Bank Accounts
- Cell phones
- And more …
Penalties for Theft
Now he helps clients recover property following state and federal government seizures. The Law office of Steven Jumes routinely represents clients in the Dallas-Fort Worth area who have had their property seized by the government.
If the government has seized your property, we will work hard to get it back for you.
Often at trial the government must prove that the property was the proceeds of illegal activity. A good asset forfeiture defense attorney may be able to argue that the property can be traced to legitimate business activity or that an innocent owner has title to the property.
The bottom line is forfeiture statutes are detailed and complex. Most attorneys are not familiar with them. That’s why you need to hire an attorney with state asset forfeiture experience.
We will guide you carefully through the process providing expert advice so that you get the best resolution to your case as fast as possible.
Fight for Your Property
Don’t let state law enforcement agencies fund their operations on the back of your personal property. Get the expert legal guidance you need to fight back.
At the Law Office of Steven Jumes we understand asset forfeiture proceedings and will help you avoid common mistakes so that your chances of getting your property back increase.
The first step is to contact us and schedule a free consultation. Simply call (817) 934-6636 or click here to get started.