Asset Forfeiture Defense | Civil and Criminal Asset Forfeiture Defense

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What is asset forfeiture? Asset forfeiture is a legal tool that prosecutors and law enforcement officials use to take and keep private property on the basis that such property is linked to criminal activity. Seizures are actions where a government activity gains possession of private property. Forfeiture is the legal process whereby that government divests ownership … Read moreAsset Forfeiture Defense | Civil and Criminal Asset Forfeiture Defense

Steve Jumes Testifies Before Lawmakers on Asset Forfeiture Reform in Texas

Steve Jumes testifies on Asset Forfeiture Reform

Asset Forfeiture Reform in Texas AUSTIN –  Some Texas lawmakers are calling for change to civil asset forfeiture and, on Tuesday, attorney Steve Jumes weighed in on the issue during a Senate Criminal Justice Committee hearing at the state capitol. Jumes, a partner at Varghese Summersett and a nationally recognized asset forfeiture attorney, was invited … Read moreSteve Jumes Testifies Before Lawmakers on Asset Forfeiture Reform in Texas

Equitable Sharing in Forfeiture Cases is not Dead

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“The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” – Mark Twain In December of 2015 the Department of Justice announced that it was halting its equitable sharing program, a move that sent shock waves throughout many law enforcement agencies. The action, and even more so, the reaction, shows just how big the forfeiture apparatus … Read moreEquitable Sharing in Forfeiture Cases is not Dead

Business Structuring Strategies Doesn’t Always Apply to Asset Forfeiture or Federal Restitution

Business Structuring Strategies Don't Always Apply to Asset Forfeiture or Federal Restitution

Business structuring in asset forfeiture and restitution cases Part I: Not every legal sector treats legal designations the same.  One of the trickiest concepts for clients to grasp is that legal precepts are not always universally applicable to all areas of law. For example, in many states if a person receives a deferred disposition for … Read moreBusiness Structuring Strategies Doesn’t Always Apply to Asset Forfeiture or Federal Restitution

Innocent Owner Defense | Nationwide Asset Forfeiture Defense

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Innocent Owner Defense in Asset Forfeiture Cases “Can I borrow the car grandma? I just want to go visit some friends.” “Sure thing honey,” you answer, as your grandson hurries out the door.  “Just be sure to bring it back before 5 p.m.” What you don’t know is that your car is about to be … Read moreInnocent Owner Defense | Nationwide Asset Forfeiture Defense

Corporate Asset Forfeitures | Corporate Seizures and Forfeitures

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Corporate Asset Forfeitures In August of 2011, U.S. Government agents, armed with guns and bulletproof vests, raided a private factory in Tennessee. The federal agents busted into the factory, shut down operations, sent employees home, and confiscated materials. This is the kind of raid we can expect when the D.O.J. targets terrorist organizations, drug rings, illegal … Read moreCorporate Asset Forfeitures | Corporate Seizures and Forfeitures

Asset Forfeitures and Restitution Resolution

Asset Forfeitures and Restitution Resolution in Fort Worth

Asset Forfeitures and Restitution Resolution In civics class we are taught that if we break the law then we get punished. We are told that our crime creates a debt to society that is only paid by imprisonment or sometimes probation. However, there is an entire scheme within the system that addresses punishment in financial … Read moreAsset Forfeitures and Restitution Resolution