Minnesota Forfeitures Lawyer
If you have been accused of a crime then there is more at stake than just prison time and heavy fines. You may also lose your rights to own certain items. Forfeiture refers to having to give up a certain item or asset as part of the punishment for a crime or due to the item being used during the crime. Vehicle forfeiture, for example, is a common penalty after a DUI conviction but there are plenty other instances where you may be looking at forfeiture.
Having to give up something you have worked hard for may seem unjust and in many instances there are other options available. Furthermore, forfeiting an item means that you are accepting guilt which may not be the case. Speaking to a Minneapolis forfeitures lawyer can help you understand your legal rights and options and determine if there is a way around forfeiture.
Minneapolis Forfeiture Laws
Kirk Anderson handles all types of forfeitures including:
- Home office equipment
Vehicle, Weapon and Property Forfeiture
Forfeiture occurs if the item in question has something to do with the crime. For example, in a DUI conviction, you may lose the vehicle that you were driving at the time of the arrest. In the event of weapon forfeiture, you may be losing this item because it is believed it was used during an assault or other crime. If you have lost your house then this is most likely associated with a drug crime or homicide investigation. You may lose access to your computer or your home office during a money laundering forfeiture. You may lose television, electronics, jewelry and other household items if these items are believed to have been stolen or if they have been believed to be purchased with stolen money.
If you are faced with forfeiture of any type then this can mean a major life adjustment. If you have lost your vehicle, for example, you may be unable to get to work and find alternative transportation. If you have lost your home then this means you will need another place to stay. These tasks need to be done fast. Forfeiture can happen before you have had a chance to defend yourself in court as it may be part of an investigation. It can also occur after the judge has determined the outcome of your case as part of the punishment.
Get Help from an Experienced Defense Lawyer Today
Regardless of the circumstances surrounding your forfeiture and regardless of the items in question, it is important that you understand your legal rights. The prosecution may attempt to take items through illegal search and warrants. It is important that you have someone on your side, defending your case and your rights so that the prosecution does not take advantage of you.
Kirk Anderson has several years of experience handling forfeiture cases. Don’t let this criminal accusation cost you your life. Call the Anderson Law Firm 24/7 at 612-332-3100 for your free consultation with a Minnesota assault lawyer.