Under the Tariff Act of 1930, 19 U.S.C. § 1607, administrative forfeiture permits the federal government to forfeit property without judicial involvement. This forfeiture functions as a penalty for individuals whose property was allegedly involve with criminal activity.
Law enforcement agencies have great power to handle administrative forfeitures, and there are many different kinds of property that can be subject to administrative forfeiture such as:
- Merchandise that was imported illegally
- Property used to transport, import or store a controlled substance
- Monetary instruments
- Other property that does not exceed $500,000 in value
Taking Quick Action
If you are facing administrative forfeiture, quick action is key. You have 30 days to request a trial in court. You may also negotiate a resolution during this time. If you fail to act within 30 days, your right to object to the forfeiture is automatically waived.
Your response must be properly drafted and include certain critical information in order to be effective. As a lawyer with 20 years of experience handling administrative forfeitures, attorney Lawrence Brown has the knowledge and skill to handle matters properly. He is dedicated to protecting the interests of clients throughout the United States by taking prompt and effective legal action.
Headquartered in Texas, in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, with additional offices in Washington, D.C., Brown, PC, is dedicated to protecting the rights of people with substantial monetary holdings and assets.
Arrange a Confidential Consultation
If the government is considering administrative forfeiture of your assets or property, we urge you to contact us for sound legal advice. Call us toll free at 888-870-0025 or contact us online to arrange a confidential consultation.