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Q. “It was only a little bit of weed, so how can they take my car?!” A. Oh, grasshopper, how the laws have changed,” and let me tell you how:” — Ft. Lauderdale criminal defense lawyer John M. Castellano

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“You’d be right in thinking that they could only ‘seize’ and thereafter ‘forfeit’ your car — or at least institute forfeiture proceedings as against your vehicle, if you had been arrested for a ‘felony’ charge in connection with the ‘use’ of your vehicle; but ALL that has changed now.” — Florida criminal defense attorney John Castellano

The forfeiture statutes that have been upheld as constitutional, state that the ‘title’ to your vehicle ‘vests’ in the ‘arresting agency’ (Ft. Lauderdale Police Department, for example, if FLPD arrested you) ** IF your car had been used ‘to facilitate’ (i.e., make easier) the commission of a felony’ …. meaning, if you had been driving your car while you were committing a felony.” — Federal criminal defense lawyer John Castellano

“This would apply, for example, if you had been driving to or from the scene of a drug purchase or sale, or if they seized drugs or any felony ‘contraband’ (illegal products) within the vehicle after stopping you or arresting you.” — Florida drug trafficking lawyer John Castellano

“This has changed under certain circumstances now, to allow law enforcement to confiscate or forfeit your car even if the amount of drugs is NOT a felony amount, as I will explain when you call me. Please feel free to call me anytime at the law office @ 954 766 8810, and I would be privileged to help. I am,

Always there for you and your family,

John Castellano

 

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About the Author:

John M. Castellano is a Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney who has helped thousands of clients throughout Florida. While building a reputation as a premiere Fort Lauderdale DUI attorney, Mr. Castellano has worked tirelessly to develop strategies to best protect the rights of those arrested for DUI in Broward, Dade and West Palm. However, Mr. Castellano is not just a drunk driving lawyer. He has been a successful domestic violence attorney, drug trafficking attorney, as well as all other Felony and Misdemeanor cases.

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