In an effort to discourage or persuade criminals from profiting off illegal activities, Tennessee law gives authorities the ability to seize assets obtained through these illegitimate means through what are known as “civil forfeiture” laws. These funds can then legally be appropriated and used to fund the department and other government projects. And perhaps the worst part for the average citizen: whether they are guilty or not, law enforcement can seize any assets they suspect of being related to criminal activity, without trial and without a warrant.
However, these laws have been under fire in recent years, as a number of instances of abuse have been thrust into the spotlight. In some instances, police officers or other authorities have seized large sums of money from individuals but then never arrested them because they had no evidence that a crime had been committed. This has created an environment that has been called “policing for profit,” and has even been called a direct violation of the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution. For this reason, if you are arrested and charged with a theft, drug, or other crime and had any assets in your possession seized as a result, you should not hesitate to retain a Memphis criminal defense attorney and start fighting back immediately.
Put a powerful ally on your side now if you have been arrested! Call the Law Offices of Stephen R. Leffler, P.C. today at (901) 509-9112 and ask to receive a case evaluation.
Here at the Law Offices of Stephen R. Leffler, P.C., we are dedicated to helping you maintain your rights, including your right to property. That’s why we are dedicated to helping protect Tennessee citizen from these often unjustified and draconian shakedowns of otherwise-innocent citizens. We work hard for our clients to expose the crooked nature of an unjustified seizure and get you your rightfully-owned property back.
Even after successfully proving that your assets were taken inappropriately, it can be difficult to get everything back and take a fair amount of time to do so. Our Memphis criminal defense lawyers stand by your side throughout the process to make sure your property is returned to you in full and that your rights are respected and protected from a system that can be abusive and in some cases corrupt.
If you have had property seized by law enforcement, particularly by drug enforcement officers, contact the Law Offices of Stephen R. Leffler, P.C. now and let us fight back on your behalf!