If you have been accused of a criminal offense in Boston and you own property or assets of value, you could stand to lose those assets as a result of the state or federal forfeiture laws. Most people are shocked to find out how easily the government can take your property without compensating you. The state and federal forfeiture laws are complex and often vague; however, there are some basics about forfeiture that you should be aware of if you are ever accused of a criminal … [Read more...]
Civil & Criminal Forfeiture Actions
Kevin J. Mahoney, a Cambridge Lawyer, Explains How the Government Initiates a Forfeiture Action If the government has initiated a forfeiture proceeding against your assets, you need an aggressive, experienced, and savvy Boston criminal defense lawyer to fight governmental overreaching and safeguard your property. A forfeiture action may be initiated in one of three ways: Criminal Forfeiture Actions The government begins a criminal forfeiture action by alleging the forfeiture elements in the … [Read more...]
Should You Fight a Civil Forfeiture Action?
Boston Criminal Defense Attorney, Kevin J. Mahoney: Should you fight a civil forfeiture action?There are pros and cons to fighting a civil forfeiture action when you are also fighting criminal charges or are the subject of a criminal investigation. For example, if you pursue the civil case, you may be entitled to obtain confidential reports and take sworn statements from investigating agents. On the other hand, you may be required to swear to certain facts and to answer questions under oath. … [Read more...]