Why would service stations be targeted for asset forfeiture?
Asset forfeiture defense attorney Steve Jumes explains why it is not uncommon to have asset forfeitures at service stations in this short video.
A lot of service stations have a portion of their business that perform mechanic services. Okay, so when I was growing up, the service station was just where you got gas, but I think a lot of people think of it where you take your car in to get repaired.
Most repair shops have some sort of service that allows state inspections of vehicles, and the state of Texas has really become aggressive about trying to identify service providers that are actually giving stickers to cars that would by no means pass. In other words, they take a kickback or a bribe to give out a sticker for no good reason.
State local agencies have really become aggressive about getting search warrants on the basis that they’ll use an undercover person to go take a car that does not pass inspection, bribe a mechanic, get a sticker unlawfully. They’ll go out, get a search warrant, and they’ll go into these businesses and they’ll take their cash for the existing day receipts, so it’s not uncommon to have $20,000, $30,000 or even $40,000 dollars taken, and now you have an owner of a service station who really has to deal with this problem.
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