Forfeiture of Property and Civil Seizure
Fighting to keep what is yours is becoming more and more difficult in the face of new legislation that presumes that you are guilty of “something”.
You are stopped by the police. A large amount of cash is found on you. There is no evidence that you have done anything illegal, but the cash is seized and now the government says it is going to keep it.
You own a house. A small grow op is discovered in it. A Restraint order is placed on your property and you are now at risk of losing your home, or a substantial portion of your equity in it.
You are leaving on an international flight, or entering the country, and a customs official finds cash on you in excess of $10,000.00. The Government seizes it and tells you they are keeping it.
Your car, truck, bank accounts, computers, are seized after you are charged with an offence, and are now the subject of a forfeiture application.
These are all scenarios under various forms of provincial and federal legislation, from the Civil Remedies Act, the Criminal Code, the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, and even the Proceeds of Crime and Terrorist Financing Act.
Fighting to keep what is yours is becoming more and more difficult in the face of new legislation that presumes that you are guilty of “something”. It will be all up to you to get back the money or property which has been seized.
At Lo Greco Stilman LLP we have had great success in making certain that our clients’ property or money is returned. Whether it is a building seized under the Civil Remedies Act, cash seized at the airport under the Proceeds of Crime and Terrorist Financing Act, or a home used in a grow-op under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, we will make sure you are not subject to unlawful or unfair seizure of your property.