New York Criminal Asset Forfeiture Attorney
Handling Criminal & Civil Asset Forfeiture with 75+ Years' Combined
Asset forfeiture refers to situations in which government officials forfeit
a person’s or organization’s funds and / or goods which the
officials consider to have been proceeds of or instruments in crime or
wrongdoing. In the New York District, attorneys can forfeit such valuables,
but it is difficult for them to legally pursue real property such as the
At Goldberger & Dubin, P.C.,
our attorneys have previous experience as prosecutors. This means that we have an edge
in defense because we are familiar with the approaches and tactics prosecutors
use in order to win. As a result, we are able to build solid cases that
fight for the best possible outcome on behalf of our clients. With over
75 years of combined experience at your disposal, you can trust that you
will be well-represented and efficiently guided through every step of
Don't hesitate to call us for a free consultation and experienced representation
at (646) 681-5997!
New York Forfeiture Law
Generally speaking, prosecutors in New York are able to exercise criminal
forfeiture in drug and organized crime cases far easier than in other
kinds of criminal cases. New York statutes governing criminal forfeiture,
such as New York Penal Law Article 480, requires that prosecutors prove
the forfeit-ability of assets beyond a reasonable doubt, a much higher
standard than by a preponderance of the evidence.
New York State officials can go after ill-gotten gains such as:
- Cash resulting from crime
- Bank accounts
- Consumer goods such as jewelry, electronics, and vehicles
Despite the fact that criminal and civil asset forfeiture cases are rare
in the state of New York, they do occur. If you are the subject of an
asset forfeiture case, you can be sure that the state will do everything
in its power to win.
New York’s Organized Crime Control Act of 1986
New York’s Organized Crime Control Act of 1986 also deals with civil
and criminal forfeiture, and also requires that prosecutors prove their
case beyond a reasonable doubt. Due to the difficulties instituted by
these laws, such as its requiring the prosecutor to present evidence that
the property in question is subject to forfeiture, and the fact that the
grand jury must then vote to seek forfeiture, forfeiture cases are relatively rare.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Petitions
Another situation in which you may experience forfeiture is at the hands
of Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Our firm can help you petition
for relief from forfeitures of merchandise that occurred while you were
dealing with CBP.
Federal Civil Forfeiture Litigation
Federal civil forfeiture has been a hotly-contested topic. Essentially,
civil forfeiture allows the federal government to seize property, money,
goods, or other possessions from an individual. While this is only supposed
to happen if probable cause of illegal activity and wrongdoing exists,
occasionally an abuse of power occurs.
Unauthorized State Seizures
Generally speaking, search and seizures require a warrant. Otherwise, a
violation of the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution could be the result.
While some situations lend themselves to a search without a warrant, the
majority do not. Our skilled attorneys can help you determine whether
your constitutional rights were violated in an unlawful search and seizure.
Trust a Practiced New York Criminal & Civil Asset Forfeiture Lawyer!
You need a defense team that will work around the clock in order to protect
you and your assets. With the dedicated attorneys from Goldberger &
Dubin, P.C., that's just what you'll get. We devote enormous amounts
of time to each of our clients, ensuring that they benefit from our guidance
and that we are able to accurately represent their needs and circumstances
to the best of our ability. This approach has helped us establish a track
record of success.
Begin a free case evaluation with
our firm by calling (646) 681-5997!