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Under asset forfeiture laws, police can seize your personal property if there is reason to believe that the property was obtained through criminal activity. If you are facing possible drug crime charges, such property can be seized without a conviction. At Glasgow & Olsson, we seek to inform and educate our clients about their rights when it comes to asset forfeiture. We are knowledgeable and up to date on asset forfeiture laws and know how to build a strong criminal defense.

What is Asset Forfeiture?

Asset Forfeiture is a civil matter that deals with the origin and use of personal property and possessions. There is a lesser burden of proof to establish grounds for the seizure of assets. Armed with probable cause, the police can seize assets such as:

  • Properties
  • Vehicles
  • Bank Accounts
  • Cash
  • Fine Art and Jewelry
  • Electronics

These are just some of the items that can be taken away from you. Prior to the seizure, you will receive a written notice if your current address is up to date. If there is no address on file, the notice may be published in a public medium, such as a newspaper.

To prove your possessions were not involved in funding or obtained through criminal activity, you need a solid defense. Do not fight alone. Our attorneys will aggressively defend your rights and work to prove that:

  • Assets were not used for criminal activities
  • Assets were obtained legitimately
  • Financial hardship will result from seizure of the asset for your family

We can also challenge the procedures and methods used to seize the assets. We will investigate the circumstances of your case, seek documents to back up the validity of legitimately acquired assets and provide a robust defense to help you keep what you deserve and return your property and possessions as quickly as possible.

Time is crucial. Once you receive a seizure notice, you have 45 days from receipt to enter a claim for the return of assets. There are tight deadlines for asset forfeiture claims. We know the deadlines and we know what it takes to help you keep what rightfully belongs to you and your family.

If you are facing asset forfeiture, contact us immediately to get the legal guidance you need. Se habla español. We help people across Cook, Kane and DuPage Counties. Our offices are in Schaumburg, Illinois, and we serve clients in Barrington, Geneva, Hoffman Estates, Rolling Meadows, Palatine, Wheaton, and throughout Chicagoland. Please call 847.577.8700 today.

Thomas Glasgow tried thousands of DUI cases as both a Cook County prosecutor and as a criminal defense attorney. He was the author and instructor for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education course on aggravated or felony DUI for other attorneys, prosecutors, and judges.