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Phoenix Civil and Criminal Forfeiture Attorney

Arizona Asset Forfeiture Lawyer

If you have been accused of drug distribution, mortgage fraud, health care fraud or another serious offense, the federal or state government may attempt to confiscate your money, property and other assets through the process of civil or criminal forfeiture.

Attorney Bruce Feder, a Phoenix lawyer with more than 33 years of legal experience, is dedicated to protecting clients' property rights and holding the government accountable for abuse of the forfeiture process.

Is the Government Trying to Seize Your Property?

Civil forfeiture is a process that allows the government to file a civil lawsuit to seize your property outside of the criminal justice system. It is frequently used against people accused of drug distribution and white collar crimes. There are two basic types of assets that are subject to civil forfeiture:

  • Proceeds of crime: If you are accused of profiting from committing a crime, the government may try to confiscate the money or property you allegedly acquired.
  • Instrumentalities of crime: If you are accused of using an asset (such as a car, bank account or house) to commit a crime, the government may try to take that property from you.

Both the state of Arizona and the federal government apply looser standards of proof in civil forfeiture cases than in criminal cases. That means that your property can be confiscated from you even when there is not enough evidence to convict you of a crime.

Could Your Criminal Charges Result in Asset Forfeiture?

Criminal forfeiture is another tool that the government can use to seize your property. If you have been charged with a crime with a significant financial element, the prosecutor may choose to pursue criminal forfeiture among other penalties, such as imprisonment.

Whether your property has been targeted for civil forfeiture or you have been charged with a crime that could result in criminal forfeiture, you have a lot at stake, and you need an experienced defense lawyer. If you wish to discuss your case, please contact us to schedule a free consultation.

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