Civil forfeiture is the process of police seizing property that is suspected of being involved in criminal activity. An example of civil forfeiture is when a vehicle is pulled over and police find an illegal drug in the vehicle. If police suspect drug trafficking, they can seize the vehicle and any cash found in the vehicle. Civil forfeiture can include money, whether cash or bank accounts, vehicles, and sometimes even homes. Iowa has some of the harshest civil forfeiture law in the nation. If money seized from law enforcement is over $5,000.00, there is no conviction of a criminal offense required to keep the money.
Even when a person who had nothing to do with the underlying criminal matter, they bear the burden of proving they had no knowledge of, or involvement in, the alleged illegal use of their property. Aggravating the situation, Iowa law enforcement agencies retain 100 percent of all proceeds from forfeited property and thus enjoy a strong incentive to seize property whenever possible.
ANDERSON & TAYLOR, Iowa Civil Forfeiture Attorneys
If you had money or an assets sized by police, a civil forfeiture attorney from Anderson & Taylor, PLLC can fight for your rights to ensure you get the best outcome in your case. Our attorneys will work to have any money or assets returned, utilizing their skill and experience in the courtroom to defend against these charges. Anderson & Taylor also utilize skilled professionals in investigation and expert testimony. Call us today at (515) 282-8637 to set up a free consultation.
We represent those accused in Des Moines, Polk County, Marion County, Dallas County, Warren County, Story County, Madison County, and throughout the State of Iowa.