What Happens if You are Convicted – Civil Forfeiture
The state, as mentioned above, sends you a forfeiture complaint (within ninety days from the time property has been seized). You, the defendant, must reply to the complaint within thirty-five days. In your reply, you will answer the complaint and explain the reasons you believe you are not accountable and that your car, home, etc. should be returned. You also send a copy of your answer to the county prosecutor.
If the state of New Jersey fails to send the complaint by the deadline, you might want to contact experienced civil forfeiture lawyers for assistance. If that situation arises, you are still dealing with the courts, and attempting to get the Judge to dismiss complaints like these is difficult as well.
Once you send your reply to the state’s complaint, you will receive documentation of a court date. During the trial, N.W. must prove its case. You will prove your case as well. During the hearing, you can bring witnesses.
If your property (real or personal) was used to commit illegal crimes and you did not realize the criminal activities occurred and that your property was involved in such transactions (and your home or other items were seized), you must prove your case in that situation as well.
Civil Forfeiture Lawyers
Has your home or other personal property been seized by the state of New Jersey (or the police) because they believe it was used while committing crimes like drug dealing, transporting drugs, selling illegal items (like weapons), illegal gambling, prostitution, etc., and you believe you are innocent?
You will need attorneys who are experienced and proficient in civil and criminal laws. With civil forfeiture, two scenarios can happen; a civil case is built against you and a criminal case is built against you – by two different prosecutors.
Our attorneys have years of experience with civil and criminal litigation. We are here to offer sound legal advice and counsel, and to help you protect what is rightfully yours – your property and your good name. Since these types of court cases are so complex and involve many different statutes, laws, and codes, it is important to have legal experts with this kind of education and experience.