Need Help Protecting Your Assets From Criminal Forfeiture?
When authorities have unlawfully seized your property, it may seem like everything you have worked hard for is gone in the blink of an eye. In addition to personal items, the government may seize your house, car, and money. Because the government has possession of your assets, it may seem like you have already lost them. You have the right, however, to fight for the return of assets.
The government has the burden of proving that the assets it has seized under forfeiture statutes are the products or instrumentalities of criminal activity. Regardless of this burden, authorities have a propensity to seize valuable property and hope that the law will favor them if the accused decides to challenge the seizure. Fortunately, an experienced Ohio criminal forfeiture attorney may be able to help you recover your wealth after an unlawful seizure.
At Rittgers & Rittgers, our Ohio criminal defense lawyers are adept at handling difficult forfeiture issues. For a sampling of what we have achieved for our clients, visit our Criminal Representative Cases page.
Federal and Ohio Criminal Forfeiture Statutes
Whether your property has been seized by Ohio law enforcement or federal agencies like the FBI or Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), they must follow the framework of a criminal forfeiture statute.
In Ohio, several statutes may apply to your case:
- Ohio Revised Code (O.R.C.) 2925.42 relates to criminal forfeiture of property relating to felony drug abuse offenses
- 21 U.S.C. 853 relates to criminal forfeiture under federal law
Other asset forfeiture statutes may be at issue in your case. It is important to speak with an experienced Ohio criminal defense lawyer to protect your assets from seizure.
The criminal defense lawyers at Rittgers & Rittgers handle forfeiture cases in Warren, Butler and Hamilton counties. For an initial consultation with a Cincinnati forfeiture defense attorney, without cost, call 513-496-0134 or email us.