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Scottsdale Forfeiture Attorney

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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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Arizona Forfeiture Laws

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 for a fee.

Items that can be taken through asset forfeiture include:

  • Automobiles
  • Cash
  • Homes
  • Anything that is “traceable” to a crime

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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 police forces.

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.

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