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Naperville criminal defense lawyer, civil asset forfeiture, seized assets, criminal investigation, burden of proofDuring a criminal investigation, law enforcement can seize any privately owned assets they reasonably believe to have been involved in the crime, including assets purchased with funds obtained through illegal means. This is known as civil asset forfeiture. You can file a claim with the court to try to get your property back. The most effective way to do this is to work with an experienced criminal defense lawyer.

Can My Property be Taken Even if I am Not a Suspect?

Yes. Any item reasonably believed to have been involved in a criminal offense may be seized by law enforcement. For example, a car that law enforcement believes was used to transport illegal drugs may be seized. The car’s registered owner might not be the one charged with drug trafficking.

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