Civil forfeiture can be a life-changing consequence of being charged criminally in New Jersey. An example of civil forfeiture is if a property was used for gambling, prostitution, or other crimes, and the owner of the home was arrested for the crime, the home can then be seized by law enforcement officials as a part of the civil forfeiture case. Another example of civil forfeiture would include if a car or boat was used to transport drugs, the vehicle could be seized as a part of this case.
If you are facing a civil forfeiture case, continue reading to discover what can be seized under New Jersey’s forfeiture law and how to properly proceed with a civil forfeiture case with your best interest in mind. Do not hesitate to reach out to an experienced and understanding criminal attorney who will fight for your rights. Contact our firm today to discuss your situation and learn the services we provide for our clients. We are ready to handle your case.
What property is subject to seizure under New Jersey’s forfeiture law?
Any proceeds from illegal activity, property that is integral to the illegal acts, and property used in committing a crime are all subject to seizure under the New Jersey Forfeiture Law. Examples of such proceeds include the following:
- Cash from drug dealing
- Money financing illegal gambling
- Automobiles used to transport illegal drugs
Within 90 days, if the property is not illegal, the State will file a civil lawsuit detailing why the item was linked to a crime or considered contraband. The State must also establish the connection between the criminal act and the defendant and they must be dependant on one another. If the owner of the property was not involved or even aware of the criminal act, they cannot be held responsible.
How To Proceed with a Civil Forfeiture Case
The most important step you should take when proceeding with a civil forfeiture case is to gain the services of an experienced criminal attorney. Having a knowledgeable and understanding attorney on your side when the property has been seized and made the subject of a civil lawsuit. Your attorney will hold the knowledge of the various strategies of prosecutors in New Jersey and how to combat civil forfeiture.
To begin this process today, do not hesitate to reach out to our experienced criminal lawyers who will fight for your rights and put your best interest first.
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When someone is charged with a crime, they have a lot to consider. However, we understand that everyone makes mistakes, which is why we are here to help. No matter your circumstances, if you are facing criminal charges, contact the Law Offices of Michael A. Policastro today for the experienced legal counsel you deserve and need.