Criminal forfeiture is the taking of your property by the state due to its relationship to criminal activity. Typically, criminal forfeiture may be sought when the property is used in the commission of a criminal offense, or when it was obtained through criminal activity. Criminal forfeiture occurs when, after the owner is convicted of a crime, and where forfeiture is allowed under the criminal laws of the prosecuting jurisdiction, it is demonstrated that the property has a sufficient relationship to the criminal activity to justify depriving the owner of his property rights. The prosecutor’s office may be able to seek forfeiture of your property, even your business or home, if you are convicted of certain criminal law offenses, such as drug trafficking or racketeering. Broward County and Miami Dade County prosecutors often seek forfeiture to further punish the defendant through the criminal justice system. Criminal Defense Attorney Kenneth P. Hassett has the skill and experience needed to advocate for defendants in complicated criminal forfeiture proceedings in Miami Dade County, Fort Lauderdale, and Broward County. He has been in practice since 1991, and provides a free consultation 24 hours per day seven days per week with a criminal defense lawyer regarding your rights.
The information on this page does not represent legal advice. Florida Statues obtained from Online Sunshine, www.leg.state.fl.us, the official site of the Florida Legislature. Because the law is continually changing, some of the provisions contained herein may be out of date. It is always wise to seek counsel from an experienced criminal attorney like Kenneth Hassett.
If you have been charged as an Accessory After the Fact or a Principal in the First Degree to a criminal offense in Broward or Miami-Dade County, call Criminal Defense Attorney Kenneth P. Hassett.