State and federal laws give law enforcement officers the right to seize property and assets during the course of a criminal investigation if those assets are suspected to have been either used during the commission of a crime, acquired through the commission of a crime or purchased with funds obtained during the commission of a crime. This process is known as asset forfeiture and is commonly seen in drug crime cases. If an individual's house is being used as a base for a drug smuggling or drug manufacturing operation, it could be seized as part of an ongoing investigation. Assets such as jewelry, electronic equipment, cars, computers and cell phones that were purchased using money from the sale of illegal drugs can also be seized. In some instances even property, bank accounts or other assets that have no connected to the commission of a crime may end up being taken by overly zealous officers. This situation is encountered more often than not as officers do not need to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the assets were used or acquired during the commission of a crime, they simply need to show that a connection can be deduced.
If you are under investigation for a drug crime and the government is trying to seize your assets, it is important that you waste no time in hiring drug crime attorney Mark Morasch to help you defend your rights. As a former prosecutor, who is well aware of the laws pertaining to search and seizure, he knows first-hand how the prosecution will go about building the case against you. To help prevent the forfeiture of your assets, or any further seizures, he will work diligently to investigate the charges you face and find any discrepancies or errors that can be used in your defense. Asset forfeiture is a civil matter which must be dealt with rapidly and in coordination with your criminal case. Having an attorney with a 9.0 Superb Rating on Avvo and who has been recognized by H Texas Magazine and one of Houston's Top Lawyers during the years of 2008 to 2012, will be a considerable advantage when fighting to recover your property and protect your rights.
Contact a Houston drug crime attorney at his firm now to get the hard-hitting representation you need.