Asset Seizure / Asset Forfeiture
Asset forfeiture laws are meant to target large-scale criminals whose property or cash is proven to have been obtained by illegal means. In reality, civil asset forfeiture has turned the justice system on its head by requiring people to demonstrate their property was not involved in the commission of a crime. And instead of targeting large asset seizures of professional criminals, the net has been widened to very minor amounts of property that may not be worth the cost of a legal defense.
The State of Utah passed important reforms for asset forfeiture in 2000 such as routing money obtained through asset seizure to school funds rather than police coffers. Also, prosecutors were required to file quickly for the property in question so it was not held up in a quagmire of bureaucracy. Importantly, the reforms also ensured reimbursement of reasonable attorney fees if a person beat their asset seizure in court.
Unfortunately, beginning in 2004, legislators have rolled back these reforms to the point where Utahans are again faced with the pre-2000 asset forfeiture environment.
Defense Attorney for Asset Seizure in Salt Lake City
If you have had property seized or have been notified of a seizure, contact a defense attorney immediately. There are important deadlines that, if missed, will result in the loss of ownership of your property.
Levitt Legal, PLLC can assist those who reside or those who were simply passing through Utah when their property was seized. Attorney Darren Levitt has represented clients across Salt Lake County, Utah County, Davis County, Weber County, Tooele County, Summit County, and surrounding areas. If you have experienced the misfortune of asset forfeiture, call (801) 828-2732 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. We will work with you to get your property back as quickly as possible.
Asset Forfeiture Laws In Utah
Asset Forfeiture and Asset Seizure Defense in Utah
To recover your property after asset forfeiture, it’s imperative to hire a skilled defense attorney. Levitt Legal, PLLC can represent Utah residents and out-of-state clients who have had property seized by Utah police.
Do not wait in seeking out legal counsel, as deadlines must be met for a successful outcome in your case. Call (801) 828-2732 or send us an online message to schedule a confidential, no-obligation consultation. We will review your situation and guide you through this confusing and trying episode.
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