Asset Forfeiture Attorney

You may require an asset forfeiture attorney, even if you were never charged or convicted. Learn more here.

Asset Forfeiture Attorney Nationwide


Many people do not believe they will ever require an asset forfeiture attorney in San Francisco, as they can not conceive of an incident where the authorities wrongfully or unjustly seize their money or belongings. Even if you are a law-abiding citizen, and more so if you fall short of the two previously mentioned criteria, individuals often wrongly believe they can negotiate with law enforcement officers often to avoid asset confiscation.

What Is Asset Forfeiture?

Property forfeiture is the confiscation of a home, money, or other valuables by the United States Federal Government, the State of California, or another governmental entity when these assets are suspected of being either the earnings of criminal activity or instruments used in criminal activity. 

Currently, asset forfeiture might occur regardless of whether a conviction ever happens. As an asset forfeiture attorney in San Francisco, the Law Office of Valery Nechay may be able to help you retain or regain your personal property.

Retaining a Forfeiture Lawyer to Reclaim Your Property


If you are suspected of a crime, you may require a forfeiture lawyer to ensure you keep possession of your property. Typically, the procedure begins with partial or whole confiscation of residential or commercial property. This can occur with or without a warrant, depending upon the scenario.

Although criminal and civil forfeit laws are different, both are predicated on the concept that the forfeitable properties were earned from or contributed to criminal activity. Since civil loss does not require a criminal conviction where a criminal forfeit does, the practice has been highly criticized as a constitutional infringement and a violation of personal property rights.

Some of the properties a criminal defense and asset forfeiture attorney in San Francisco can protect include the following:

  • Cash
  • Investment Accounts
  • Jewelry
  • Professional Licenses
  • Real Estate
  • Vehicles

Where a criminal asset forfeiture is enforced for the properties supposed inclusion or purchase from illegal means, the reasons for a civil asset forfeiture are a bit vaguer. This is why an attorney familiar with civil matters would be helpful.

Civil Asset Forfeiture California


There has been a growing trend where civil asset forfeiture California procedures are directed toward taking the incentive out of committing further criminal acts. Unfortunately, these proceedings often go too far. For example, the currency is often confiscated by Federal Agents at the airport or borders according to the following provisions:

  • Title 31 U.S.C. 5316 regarding reports on exporting and/or importing monetary instruments
  • Title 31, United States Code (U.S.C.) section 5317 regarding search and forfeiture of monetary instruments
  • Title 31 U.S.C. 5332 is about bulk cash smuggling

An efficient asset forfeiture defense requires a skilled attorney with an understanding of the lengthy and intricate procedures and deadlines. The right asset forfeiture attorney in San Francisco will offer proper advice and thorough representation. Contact the Law Office of Valery Nechay today.

"Reaching out to Ms. Nechay was the only good decision I made during my run in with the law. I was arrested for urinating in public and public intoxication. She immediately dove into my case by learning local laws and jurisdiction in a state where she does not practice. She obtained my arrest report and Police car/body cam footage of the arrest. She found multiple discrepancies between the Police report and the actual events that unfolded. She quickly contacted the prosecutor who oversaw my case and convinced him to dismiss all charges before my appointed court date. I was required to inform my employer of the arrest and charges. Ms. Nechay provided several hours of her time to help coach me how to deal with that dicey process. I could not have asked for a better outcome both legally and with my employer. I am sincerely grateful for her diligent and effective efforts. If you find yourself requiring legal help, she is the attorney to call."
Thomas S. | June 18, 2017

"Valery gave her full attention to my case. She took the time to explain the process, my options, and help me understand how to navigate my life during a difficult and painful time. She is an outstanding legal professional and the one to call should you find yourself in legal trouble."
Kelly F. | June 30, 2017


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