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Seizures of Cash in Michigan: Can I Get My Money Back?

Asset forfeiture is a form of confiscation of assets by government authorities. It is described by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as a tool in America’s battle against drug abuse and drug crimes.

Michigan law, specifically, enables law enforcement officers to seize property for forfeiture if they have cause to believe the property is involved in a drug trafficking scheme. Assets and properties subject to seizure are listed in section 7521 of the Public Health Code and include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • A controlled substance that has been manufactured, distributed, used, possessed, or acquired in violation of Article 7;
  • Money, negotiable instruments, securities or other valuable property that is furnished or intended to be furnished in exchange for a controlled substance in violation of Article 7 that is traceable to the exchange;
  • Any other drug paraphernalia;
  • Raw material, product, or equipment that is used, or intended for use, in manufacturing, compounding, processing, or delivering a controlled substance in violation of Article 7;
  • A conveyance, including an aircraft, vehicle, or vessel used or intended for use to transport property described in either of the first two provisions, for the purpose of sale or receipt, subject to several exceptions;
  • Books, records, and research products and materials used, or intended for use, in violation of Article 7; or
  • Property that is used or intended for use as a container for property described in either of the first two provisions of Section 7521.

Seizures of Cash at The Detroit Metro Airport

Many people question if they are able to obtain their money after it has been seized at the Detroit Metro Airport. If a state agent seized the money, then the seizure will follow state law. Under Michigan statutes, the law enforcement officer who seized the individual’s cash is required to fill out a “Notice of Seizure and Intent to Forfeit” form.

The notice identifies the seizing law enforcement agency and explains that the traveler has 20 days to file a claim if they desire to challenge the seizure and forfeiture. If the claim is not received by the agency within 20 days, then the individual will lose the right to challenge the legality of the seizure.

If you or someone you know has recently had their property seized by law enforcement, contact Dallo Law, P.C. as soon as possible. Attorney Dallo and his legal team have years of experience in criminal defense and can help you fight forfeiture actions. They are familiar with the procedures for drug asset forfeitures in Michigan under both state and federal law. Allow Mr. Dallo and his skilled team of legal professionals to get your cash and belongings back.

Do not wait much longer. Call (248) 283-7000 to arrange your free consultation with experienced asset forfeiture attorney J. Dallo at Dallo Law, P.C. today.