Scottsdale Forfeiture Attorney
Protect & Retrieve Your Property – Call 602.832.7404
Attorney Stephen Duncan of Law Offices of Stephen L. Duncan, P.L.C. has
more than 20 years of legal experience dealing specifically with criminal
law. Throughout this time, he has become well-versed in Arizona’s
forfeiture laws and how they pertain to both criminal suspects who have
had their property seized by police and to victims of crime who had their
property stolen or damaged. If you need a forfeiture lawyer in Scottsdale,
look no further.
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Forfeiture Cases for the Criminally Accused
Asset forfeiture has been a topic of controversy and contention for years.
In essence, federal and state asset forfeiture laws allow police officers
and investigators to take a criminal suspect’s property away from
them without a conviction. The property is either held indefinitely, auctioned
off to the highest bidder, or returned to the suspect after they are deemed
innocent in trial, but for a fee.
Items that can be taken through asset forfeiture include:
- Anything that is “traceable” to a crime
Asset forfeiture is supposed to be a rapid way to shut down crime –
seizing a drug runner’s vehicle, for example, would stop them literally
in their tracks – and deter potential future offenders. It is clear
to see, however, how asset forfeiture can be abused by dishonest or overzealous
If you have been accused of a crime and had your property seized unjustly,
let our Scottsdale criminal defense attorney help you with a forfeiture
case. We can fight tirelessly on your behalf to restore your property
as soon as possible and with no cost to you. If you have been financially
burdened or damaged by the forfeiture and it is proven to be unlawful,
we may even want to consider suing for compensation.
Forfeiture & Crime Victim Representation
Victim forfeiture is the process of returning stolen goods, cash, or equal
compensation to a crime victim. It is commonly associated with
theft crimes, such as burglary or larceny. Returning items to a victim of crime is
not as straightforward as it might seem, as there can be the issue of
proven that the property was indeed stolen, and that it was stolen from
them. Without a
victim representation lawyer to help you, it may be an uphill battle just to retrieve what was rightfully yours.
Seek Justice & Restitution on Your Terms
In many forfeiture cases, waiting for the criminal justice system to sort
things out on its own can be a futile effort that never ends. Take the
initiative and control of the situation by creating a forfeiture case
of your own.
Contact former prosecutor and Scottsdale forfeiture attorney Stephen Duncan today,
whether you are a victim of crime or of police wrongdoing, and learn how
you can ensure that justice remains fair.