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Forfeiture

White Plains Forfeiture Attorney

Bronx Asset Forfeiture Lawyer

After you are charged with a crime, the state, or local municipality may begin a forfeiture action to seize any property used in the commission of a crime. This action is a civil forfeiture action, and it is used in the prosecution of many crimes.

At The Law Firm of Michael S. Berardino, formerly Mangialardi & Berardino, I defend against forfeiture actions if you are facing forfeiture because of an embezzlement, drug crime DUI/DWI charge or for the crime of patronizing a prostitute. Contact my law firm, located in White Plains, New York, to schedule an appointment with a forfeiture attorneys who will protect your property and money.

Civil Forfeiture Actions Resulting From Criminal Charges

A DWI car is the most common type of forfeiture sought throughout the city and metropolitan area. In New York City, the NYPD has set up a special office to deal solely with the issue of forfeiture and prosecuting a civil claim on behalf of the city to retain your vehicle or personal property if they claim it was used as an instrumentality of a crime.

Types of personal property subject to forfeiture include:

  • Illegal contraband, such as smuggled goods, illegal drugs and illegal weapons
  • Proceeds from illegal activity, including money and property that can be traced back to gambling rings, prostitution and extortion, may be seized
  • Property used in the commission of a crime: a car, a house and computer are examples of property that can be used in committing a crime

Former Prosecutor on Your Side

I work aggressively to protect your property rights after a criminal charge in New York. I defend against all criminal charges and protect your interests during forfeiture actions. As a former prosecutor, I understand forfeiture issues from both sides of the criminal justice system. I use my knowledge of the other side to prepare an even stronger defense against forfeiture actions.

If you have been charged with a crime in the New York City area, and the prosecutor started a forfeiture action, contact The Law Firm of Michael S. Berardino, formerly Mangialardi & Berardino.


I serve clients throughout the New York metropolitan area, including New York City, White Plains, Tarrytown, Dobbs Ferry, Tuckahoe, Elmsford, Yonkers, New Rochelle, Greenburgh, Scarsdale, Ardsley, Hastings on Hudson, Rye, Mount Pleasant, Harrison, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Staten Island, Long Island, Mount Vernon, Westchester County, Rockland County, Orange County, Putnam County, and Dutchess County.

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