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The Spodek Law Group understands how delicate high-profile cases can be, and has a strong track record of getting positive outcomes. Our lawyers service a clientele that is nationwide. With offices in both LA and NYC, and cases all across the country - Spodek Law Group is a top tier law firm.

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In 2022, Netflix released a series about one of Todd’s clients: Anna Delvey/Anna Sorokin.

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Cash Seizure Lawyers

By Spodek Law Group | January 22, 2023
(Last Updated On: July 28, 2023)

Last Updated on: 28th July 2023, 07:20 pm

Your Assets: Can You Retrieve Them After Seizure?

You see, there’s this funny thing about assets—once they’re taken, can you actually get them back? Well, the answer is: “It depends.” We’re not trying to be cryptic here, folks. It really boils down to the circumstances and how good your lawyer is—the guy fighting tooth and nail in the courtroom for you. And speaking of which, have you met Todd Spodek from the Spodek Law Group? Man oh man, this guy knows his onions when it comes to federal criminal defense. But we’ll get to that later.

Imagine being charged with a crime—okay, stop. This isn’t one of those “imagine a world where…” thought experiments. No, we’re talking real-world stuff here. Let’s say you’re charged with a drug crime or some sort of fraud. Guess what? The government could swoop in and snatch your beautiful home, shiny cars, and even your crispy dollar bills before you’re even found guilty. Sounds all gloomy, doesn’t it?

Here’s the real kick in the teeth: Even if you’re as innocent as a newborn babe, the police might still come knocking, ready to take your assets away! Now, this doesn’t happen just because they’re bored or they’ve got nothing better to do—it’s if they think your property was used in a crime, or is somehow tied to said crime. And let’s not kid ourselves, that can really rock your world, especially if you’re squeaky clean.

Untangling the Mess of Seized Cash

When cash gets involved—and we’re talking about the kind they suspect was earned through illegal stuff—the situation can get tight really quick. For instance, some law dog can swoop in and snatch your cash even before you’re indicted, like right after it’s found at the scene of the crime, you know?

To make things more complex, officials can start asset forfeiture proceedings after a conviction. Heck, they might even go after an innocent spouse or family member who doesn’t have a clue about the crime. Whether it’s pre- or post-indictment, remember these two things:

1. If you snooze, you lose. Seriously, move quickly to protect your rights to the seized funds.
2. Consider hiring a legal wizard like Todd Spodek—remember him? This guy is fast, swift, and sharp. He could start fighting for the return of your seized funds before you can say “bank transfer.”

The Skinny on Asset Forfeiture Laws

You see, there are some regulations on how seized cash should be handled. This isn’t just some legal mumbo jumbo—it’s actually in the U.S. Attorney Manual, 9-111.600, which you can check out right here. So in an asset forfeiture case, the seized cash needs to be photographed as evidence, then it’s deposited into the Seized Asset Deposit Fund, where it stays until the forfeiture process is officially done.

But let me tell you, these laws are complex—it isn’t a simple matter. Cash seized from criminal or administrative proceedings, how much cash is involved, whether there’s physical evidence tied to it—all these factors can affect what happens next in this legal dance.

So where does that leave you? Well, in a bit of bind, actually. If your cash was snatched up by John Q. Law, you should shimmy your way to the Spodek Law Group. Why? Because we’re eager to step in the ring and fight for your rights.

The Tricky Business of Cash Seizures Under The Bank Secrecy Act

Ever been stopped at the airport by the US Customs and Border Patrol for carrying too much cash? Who are we kidding, right? But this happens. And it’s big—a real cash cow for Uncle Sam. How big? Millions of dollars.

The law that makes this possible is known as the Bank Secrecy Act. It allows law enforcement to seize cash above the legal limit from travelers who, well, fail to disclose the Benjamins they’re carrying. Surprise, people don’t know the laws around this, or their rights, when it comes to traveling in and out of the good ol’ U.S.

Understanding the Bank Secrecy Act

So, what’s the big idea behind this law? Simply put, it’s there to prevent the circulation of dirty money within the U.S. You know, funds used for illegal activities like tax evasion, buying or selling illegal stuff, and so on. Travelers holding over $10,000 in cash, or other financial instruments like traveler’s checks, checks, money orders, stocks—you name it—need to fill out and submit a FinCen form.

Failure to report the right amount or misreporting can set the alarms ringing and boom—your cash is seized. If you’re traveling in a group and the total sum held by all exceeds $10,000, yeah, you need to report it too.

What Happens When Your Cash is Taken?

Ever heard of the saying, “No receipt, no proof”? It happens to be true here. When your cash is seized, U.S. Customs should provide you a receipt for it, otherwise known as a “Custody Receipt for Seized Property and Evidence.” Sounds fancy, huh?

If they don’t hand you one, ask for it. If you walk away without it, guess what? Your cash might as well have been a generous “donation” to the personal coffers of that Customs officer.

On top of giving you a receipt, the government should also send you a notice within 60 days of the seizure. If they drop the ball on this too, they need to give you your money back without fuss and scramble to save face. So if they won’t put the greenbacks back in your pockets, then give Spodek Law Group a call. We’ll put our legal prowess to work, prying your cash out of Uncle Sam’s tight grip. This isn’t just the law folks—this is the Spodek way.

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