Criminal & Civil Asset Forfeiture

Michigan Asset Forfeiture Defense Attorney

Asset seizure is a tactic used by law enforcement officials to punish individuals convicted of serious crimes and to provide additional proceeds for future operations. Over the years, asset forfeiture laws have become increasingly stringent. This means the government now has stronger tools at their disposal to confiscate or seize property suspected to have been used in or derived from criminal activity. In addition, even if you are not convicted of a crime or were never charged, you could still face civil asset forfeiture.

If you are facing asset forfeiture and need experienced legal counsel, contact THE WOLF LAW FIRM. Our experience, knowledge, and skill enable us to provide the effective legal representation that your asset forfeiture case demands.

Asset forfeiture proceedings are used to seize property that the government believes was used to commit a crime or derived from criminal activity. Asset forfeiture is commonly utilized in drug trafficking, organized crime, and terrorism cases.

  • Criminal asset forfeiture: Whether you are convicted of a white collar crime, such as fraud, money laundering or an organized drug crime, such as trafficking or distribution, asset forfeiture may be carried out as part of your sentence. However, the government may choose to proceed with a civil asset forfeiture proceeding in order to confiscate more property than would be allowed in criminal asset forfeiture.
  • Civil asset forfeiture: Civil asset forfeiture is frequently utilized by the government because it enables them to confiscate more property than criminal asset forfeiture. In addition, civil asset forfeiture is also commonly utilized when there is insufficient evidence to obtain a criminal conviction — which is usually the case for known "heads of organized crime." In civil forfeiture proceedings, the government must establish probable cause that property in question is subject to forfeiture. The property owner then has the burden of proving that the seized property is not subject to forfeiture.

Avoid Asset Seizure. Contact an Attorney.

Without an experienced criminal defense lawyer, the government could seize your bank accounts, vehicles, home, or other property in your name. Talk to an experienced attorney at THE WOLF LAW FIRM to ensure your rights — and assets — are protected. Contact us to schedule an appointment with an experienced criminal defense lawyer at our Michigan law firm.