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New York State Asset Forfeiture Lawyers

You’ve Worked Hard for Your Assets – Don’t Let Them Be Seized Without a Fight

We get it – you’re stressed, overwhelmed, and scared. Getting that notice that the government is trying to seize your hard-earned money, property, or other assets through asset forfeiture is a nightmare scenario. But take a deep breath – you’ve come to the right place.

At Spodek Law Group, we’ve been battling government overreach and protecting people’s rights for decades. Our seasoned asset forfeiture attorneys have seen it all and know every trick prosecutors try to pull. We’re not intimidated, and we’re ready to fight tooth and nail to keep what’s yours…yours.

So don’t panic. We’re here to guide you through this stressful situation step-by-step. With our expertise in your corner, you can breathe a little easier knowing you’ve got a formidable legal team working tirelessly to prevent your assets from being wrongfully taken.

What the Heck is Asset Forfeiture Anyway?

Maybe you’ve never even heard of this “asset forfeiture” thing until that ominous letter showed up. Or perhaps you know a little about it but are still pretty confused. Let’s break it down:

Asset forfeiture refers to the government’s ability to seize money, property, businesses, vehicles – really any assets they believe are connected to criminal activity. It’s a legal process that allows law enforcement to permanently confiscate those assets, even before there’s a criminal conviction.

Sounds crazy, right? It’s supposed to be a way to disrupt criminal enterprises by taking away their tools and ill-gotten gains. But far too often, this power gets abused and innocent people’s legitimately-obtained assets get caught in the crosshairs.

There are different types of asset forfeiture too:

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Criminal Forfeiture

This happens when assets are seized as part of a criminal prosecution after a conviction. The assets are alleged to be proceeds of the crime or tools used to commit it.

Civil Forfeiture

With civil forfeiture, the government can seize assets through a civil case, without ever getting a criminal conviction. The property itself is essentially “accused” of being involved in a crime, with a much lower burden of proof for the government.

Administrative Forfeiture

This allows certain federal agencies like the FBI, DEA, and ATF to seize assets worth less than $500,000 without any court case at all. Terrifying, we know.

No matter what type you’re facing, having your assets seized can cripple you financially and destroy your life’s work in an instant. That’s why you need a powerhouse asset forfeiture lawyer fighting relentlessly for your rights.

Why New York’s Asset Forfeiture Laws Are a Mess

If you’re being threatened with asset seizure in New York State, the laws governing it are a total tangle of red tape and confusion. State prosecutors can only seize “proceeds” of a crime and “instrumentalities” used to commit it – but interpreting what qualifies is maddeningly vague.

Even worse, in most cases they can’t touch your home or other real estate, no matter what alleged crime they’re investigating. But of course, there are exceptions that open the door for them to try.

It’s a confusing mess that provides tons of loopholes for prosecutors to exploit and tons of opportunities for top-tier asset forfeiture attorneys to punch holes in their cases.

The burden of proof is also higher in New York than federally, which is a potential lifeline. State prosecutors have to prove forfeitability beyond a reasonable doubt – a very high bar that works in your favor with the right legal strategy.

But make no mistake, district attorneys will pull out all the stops to take anything they can get their hands on. They’ll dig through every aspect of your finances, businesses, and personal life to construct an “evidence trail” tying your assets to alleged crimes.

You need lawyers who can dismantle that trail and counter every underhanded prosecutorial tactic. Lawyers who know all the nuances of New York’s convoluted forfeiture laws inside and out.

At Spodek Law Group, that’s exactly what our asset forfeiture team provides. We use our deep experience as former prosecutors to stay one step ahead and shield your wealth from government greed.

How We Battled Asset Forfeiture Cases (Real Client Stories)

The best way to illustrate our battle-tested asset forfeiture capabilities? Share some real-life client victory stories:

A small business owner was devastated when the DEA seized over $350,000 from her company’s bank accounts, crippling her ability to pay employees and vendors. Prosecutors tried claiming the money was proceeds from drug crimes, but our lawyers uncovered the funds were all from legitimate contracts and sales. We deconstructed the government’s shoddy evidence piece-by-piece until they had no choice but to return every penny.

A respected doctor who made a few youthful mistakes with marijuana decades ago had his $2 million home and $600,000 in assets seized. Prosecutors were trying an outrageous overreach, stretching the law to pursue assets with no real tie to any crimes. Our attorneys battled them for over a year, until finally a judge ruled the seizures violated the statute of limitations and were improper.

In another case, the FBI seized a large stockpile of cash from a client’s home during an investigation – over $800,000 in total. Prosecutors tried using this as evidence of money laundering, but our lawyers demonstrated the client was a skilled poker player who earned all that money legitimately through tournaments. After months of litigation, every dollar was returned.

Those are just a few examples, but we could go on and on. The bottom line? We know all the prosecutorial tricks and how to dismantle their cases from every angle. Our unparalleled asset forfeiture experience gives you the highest caliber defense possible.

New York Asset Forfeiture Laws Explained

As we mentioned, New York’s asset forfeiture statutes are a tangled web. But understanding the key laws is crucial for building a strong defense:

NY Penal Law Article 480

This law covers criminal forfeiture for felony drug convictions. But it requires prosecutors to prove forfeitability beyond a reasonable doubt – an extremely high bar giving you a solid defense opportunity.

NY Organized Crime Control Act

This statute also allows for criminal forfeiture in organized crime cases, with the same tough “beyond reasonable doubt” burden of proof as Article 480.

NY CPLR Article 13-A

This is New York’s main civil forfeiture law, allowing seizure of assets with only a “preponderance of evidence” that they’re tied to crimes. A much lower threshold making it ripe for prosecutorial overreach.

Those are the big ones, but there are other nuances buried in New York’s laws that our asset forfeiture attorneys know inside and out. We’ll find every possible angle to challenge the seizure and protect your wealth.

Fighting Asset Forfeiture Step-by-Step

So what’s our battle-proven process for dismantling asset forfeiture cases? It starts with an immediate response as soon as you’re notified of potential seizure:

Rapid Records Preservation

The moment you get that dreaded seizure notice, we’ll initiate a comprehensive legal hold to preserve every potentially relevant document, file, communication, and record. This prevents any accusation of destroying evidence or obstructing the investigation.

Aggressive Evidence Challenges

Next, we’ll thoroughly analyze all the evidence prosecutors are using to justify seizure, looking for any holes, inconsistencies, or violations of your rights. We know all their dirty tricks and how to dismantle their evidence trails.

Forceful Negotiation

In many cases, we can negotiate with prosecutors to reduce or drop the seizure demands entirely. Our former prosecutor team members understand the game and how to make the government blink first.

Strategic Litigation

If negotiation fails, we’re ready to fight tooth and nail in court with aggressive litigation tactics. We’ll attack the case from every angle, exposing the flimsiness of the prosecution’s claims.

Meticulous Appeals

Even if a lower court allows seizure, we’ll relentlessly pursue all available appeals options. We never stop battling until you get to keep what’s rightfully yours.

Through every step, we’ll keep you informed and looped in on all developments. Communication and transparency are essential – you’ll always know exactly where your case stands.

Choose Spodek Law: Fierce Asset Forfeiture Defenders

In the ultra-complicated world of asset forfeiture cases, you need attorneys with a complete mastery of the laws and the grit to take on government overreach at every turn. That’s exactly what you get with Spodek Law Group’s seasoned asset forfeiture team.

Some key reasons to trust your case to us:

✨ Decades of Asset Forfeiture Experience

Our attorneys have been defending against seizures at all levels for over 30 years. We’ve seen every prosecutorial tactic in the book and know how to counter it.

✨ Aggressive Litigation Approach

We never back down from a fight. Our litigators are true courtroom warriors who will battle until the bitter end to keep your assets protected.

✨ Meticulous Preparation

You can count on our team to leave no stones unturned preparing your defense. We’ll scrutinize every shred of evidence and explore every possible legal angle.

✨ Unwavering Client Communication

From the initial seizure notice until the final ruling, we’ll keep you constantly updated on your case status. You’ll always know what’s happening and what’s next.

Don’t let prosecutorial overreach strip you of your life’s work and hard-earned assets. Hire the fearless asset forfeiture warriors at Spodek Law Group. We’ll move heaven and earth to keep what’s yours…yours.

Rapid Response is Critical – Contact Us Now

The moment you receive any notice about potential asset seizure or forfeiture, you need to take immediate action to protect your rights. Every day’s delay gives prosecutors more opportunity to build their case against you.

That’s why we urge you to contact Spodek Law Group immediately at 212-300-5196 for a free, confidential consultation. Describe your situation to our veteran asset forfeiture intake team and get the ball rolling on your aggressive defense.

We’re available 24/7 to start safeguarding your money, property, businesses, and other assets from government overreach. Don’t let the prosecutors take what you’ve worked so hard to build – let us fight for you with everything we’ve got.


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