Frequently asked questions
What is Asset Forfeiture?
Asset Forfeiture is a process that the Government (State or Federal) use to first seize your property and then keep it.
Why did the Government take my currency, vehicle, or house?
Many times your property is seized because the Government believes that it used as part of a crime. This can be a vehicle used to transport drugs, cash that was not declared to customs, or even a house where a crime occured.
How to I get my money, cash, car, or home back?
The most important thing to do is fight. A large number of civil forfeitures are either defaulted because no one filed a claim or denied because the strict and confusing timelines are not followed.
What Agencies civilly forfeit property?
Typically, the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency), Customs (Department of Homeland Security), and the United States Attorney's Office.
Is it easy to get my stuff back?
If you are able to untangle the confusing web of deadlines and procedures, and add in the potential of incriminitating yourself, maybe.
How can Sebastian Ohanian help?
I have signficiant experience in asset forfeitures that has lead me to recover millions of dollars for my clients.
Am I going to get arrested if I file a claim or contest a forfeiture?
Every case is different, but in my experience, the filing of a claim will not trigger an arrest. The decision to arrest or indict an individual is typically made prior to the seizure of property.