Forfeiture and Seizure

Forfeiture is the government seizure of property and money connected to alleged criminal activity. If you have been charged with a crime, the government may attempt to take away your assets. It is important to consult with a knowledgeable attorney who can explain your rights and options in this situation. The attorneys at Ayala & Acosta have experience in defending forfeiture cases and can help you recover your property.

Property Subject to Forfeiture:

  • Contraband: Property for which ownership by itself constitutes a crime, including smuggled goods, narcotics, and automatic weapons.
  • Proceeds From Illegal Activity: Property directly resulting from, or that can be traced to, an illegal activity. Once a crime is identified, the government may seize any property flowing from the activity.
  • Tools or Instrumentalities Used in Commission of a Crime: Property used in the commission of a crime, including vehicles and real estate. By being associated with the crime, the property is "guilty" of the offense, and subject to seizure.