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Last Updated on: 11th October 2023, 06:36 pm
Traveling with large amounts of cash can be risky. Airport security or customs agents often seize money they think is suspicious, even if you’ve done nothing illegal. Getting it back is hard without a good lawyer’s help. This article explains what to do if your cash is taken at the airport.
Carrying stacks of bills inevitably raises questions. Agents look for signs you’re up to no good:
The reality is airport security can seize your money for any reason. Their power comes from civil asset forfeiture laws. These let police take cash and property just suspected of being tied to illegal activity.Agents don’t need to prove you actually broke any laws. The suspicion itself is enough.
If security finds over $10,000 undeclared, you may be accused of a crime. But smaller amounts can also be taken through forfeiture. Here’s the process:
This is backwards from how criminal law normally works. With help from an experienced lawyer, you can fight to recover seized cash.
Trying to navigate forfeiture laws alone is extremely tough. An attorney levels the playing field. They can:
Your lawyer will send petitions, seek court orders to get airport surveillance footage, and take other steps to build the strongest case.Reclaiming wrongly seized money is hard without legal firepower. Find a lawyer who regularly handles airport cash forfeiture cases.
Why do airport agents seize cash?
Don’t they need evidence of a crime?
What if I follow the $10,000 reporting rule?
How much can they seize?
What are my options for getting it back?
Is carrying cash illegal?
Can I avoid problems by keeping it under $10K?
Should I just let them keep my money if taken?
What should I do if money is seized?
Forfeitures of seized cash have been challenged in court as unconstitutional in some circumstances:
No Notice Given Authorities must send you a Notice of Seizure with details on contesting it. If not, the forfeiture may be void.
Excessive Fine The 8th Amendment prohibits fines disproportionate to the offense. If the seized amount seems outrageous for a minor reporting violation, you may have strong grounds to recover it.
No Warrant Cash discovered during airport searches lacking probable cause or a warrant may be inadmissible.
False Statements If agents lied about your behavior or statements to justify the seizure, a lawyer can fight to prove misconduct.
Racial Bias Statistics show cash forfeiture unfairly targets minorities. Race discrimination arguments may apply.
Losing cash to seizure can be devastating. But legal options exist to recover your hard-earned money.Don’t delay – call an experienced attorney right away if you have a cash seizure situation. With prompt action, many people get some or all of their confiscated funds returned.
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