Civil Asset Forfeiture

Civil Asset Forfeiture Corruption in NY

Suffolk County prosecutors accepted “bonuses” paid out of civil asset forfeiture proceeds: Bonus recipients included deputy chief homicide prosecutor Robert Biancavilla, who received a total of $108,886 between 2012 and 2017, and division chief Edward Heilig and top public corruption prosecutor Christopher McPartland, who each received $73,000, according to records obtained from county Comptroller John…

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Civil Asset Forfeiture

What is Civil Asset Forfeiture?

The Government uses Civil Asset Forfeiture to confiscate property in cases involving suspected wrong-doing through the civil, not criminal, process.  The civil asset forfeiture process can be used before a criminal prosecution to strip the defendant of assets that the Government believes are the fruits of criminal activity. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced this month…

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Civil Asset Forfeiture – An Abused Tool

UPDATE: I was featured in a WRAL Investigates report available here. In the wake of The Washington Post‘s extensive coverage of civil asset forfeiture and litigation by groups like the Institute for Justice, Attorney General Holder announced earlier this month Department of Justice policy changes that would curb the use of federal equitable sharing rules…

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Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform

A new group is taking on civil asset forfeiture, the practice by which police agencies seize property even before a person has been found guilty of a crime.

Damon Chetson is a criminal lawyer Raleigh who helps people charged with serious felonies, misdemeanors, and DWI/DUI charges in state and federal courts in North Carolina. He can be reached day or night at (919) 352-9411.

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Can I profit from my crimes in North Carolina?

Can you profit from your crime in North Carolina? What happens if you commit a crime, and then attempt to profit from it either from collecting on life insurance – for instance, you’ve killed someone and want to collect on the insurance or inheritance – or indirectly.
North Carolina, like all states, prevents people from both […]

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