Bail Forfeiture Hearings

In some cases, mostly drug cases, cash and property are confiscated and held for the IRS or franchise tax board. A criminal defendant is usually served with a document known as an Asset Forfeiture. The defendant has a certain amount of time to respond. If there is no response, the cash or property is forfeited to the state or federal government. If the defendant does respond, he or she has the burden to show in a separate civil proceeding that the cash or property was not the proceeds of illegal gains, such as the sale of narcotics. Our office conducts these types of hearings.