Helping You Keep Your Assets And Possessions

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.