Criminal Forfeiture Law

Fighting for the Return of Seized Property

One major, although sometimes overlooked, consequence of many criminal charges involves the forfeiture of assets. The government has the right to seize property if it can demonstrate that the property was used to commit a crime, or if property was purchased with the proceeds of illegal activity.

Certain criminal charges, such as drug charges and white collar crimes, will almost always involve the seizure of cash, motor vehicles, property and other assets. If your assets have been seized in conjunction with a criminal charge, it is imperative that you have a lawyer on your side who will both fight your underlying charges and seek the return of your property. Sometimes, the government will seize the assets first and ask questions later. For instance, you may not be facing any charges, but if your automobile was used in an alleged crime, the government could take it.Federal civil forfeiture laws allow for the seizure of assets even without the filing of any related criminal case.

The Portland law firm of Kohlmetz, Steen & Hanrahan, P.C., represents people against the full range of federal criminal charges, as well as in criminal and civil asset forfeiture proceedings. Our four attorneys have more than 70 years of combined experience. All of our lawyers have practiced law for at least fifteen years. Regardless of your connection to the alleged criminal activities, our law firm will fight for the return of your property. You have the right to a hearing in asset forfeiture proceedings. Our attorneys will present all evidence that can prove that either the assets in question were acquired lawfully or that another person with no connection to criminal activity owned the property.

Contact Kohlmetz, Steen & Hanrahan, P.C.

We know what a car or home means to a person. If the government has seized your property, we will fight to get it back. Our law firm has a complete understanding of criminal forfeiture law and is committed to providing the highest quality legal representation at reasonable rates. We will discuss fees in depth at your free initial consultation, and we will work with you to find a fee structure that is appropriate in your case. We can negotiate flat-rate fees or hourly-rate fees, depending again on the type of case.

Contact our office today to schedule a free and confidential initial meeting. Call toll free to 1-888-311-2016 or send us an e-mail.