If you have been accused of a crime, you could also find yourself facing civil asset forfeiture and losing property that is rightfully yours.
NM Civil Asset Forfeiture Laws
When you have been accused of a crime, the government and law enforcement agencies can seize any asset they believe was either gained illegally or used to commit an illegal act. Assets that can be considered for civil forfeiture include:
- Bank accounts
A civil forfeiture case is separate from any criminal trial you may face, and so even if you are acquitted of any charges you do not automatically have your possessions back.
Civil Asset Forfeiture and a Criminal Defense Attorney
Whether acquitted or not, the accused must prove that there was no connection between the assets in question and the alleged crime. If your assets have been seized, at the very minimum there will be motions and paperwork to file. However, you could find yourself having to fight to have your possessions back.
Erlinda Ocampo Johnson is an experienced Albuquerque criminal defense attorney who will fight aggressively to win your assets back. Her knowledge gives her skill when defending your claims and helping you prove that your assets were not used to commit a crime or acquired illegally.
Ms. Johnson also works to make sure that your rights were respected throughout the seizure process. The 4th Amendment protects citizens against illegal search and seizure, and she will look through every case for transgressions by overzealous law enforcement.
If your assets have been seized by law enforcement, contact the Law Office of Erlinda Ocampo Johnson, LLC for thoughtful and fearless representation.