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What is Civil Forfeiture?

Civil forfeiture laws allow the government to take cash, cars, homes and other property suspected of being involved in criminal activity. Unlike criminal forfeiture, with civil forfeiture, the property owner doesn’t have to be charged with, let alone convicted of, a crime to permanently lose his property.

Your Property or Theirs?

Once your property has been seized by the government there is a byzantine process to get it back. Click here to see the steps and pitfalls for navigating a federal forfeiture case.

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