Areas Of Practice - Civil Forfeitures
Under federal and state law, law enforcement is allowed to try to forfeit assets of the defendant totally apart from any criminal prosecution. In the state of Wisconsin, most forfeitures are handled by the federal courts and the U.S. Attorney’s office. The proceeds of assets forfeited federally are for the most part returned to the seizing law enforcement agency. If forfeited by the state court, the proceeds are deposited with the school fund. There are a number of unique procedural rules that require a defendant to consult immediately with counsel in order to avoid serious consequences.
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