Property Forfeiture Reform – Your Rights in Florida

Infractions, Misdemeanors & Felonies - Oh My!Govenor Rick Scott recently approved S.B. 1044 which stipulates that Florida police will have to make an arrest and formerly charge a person with a criminal offense before attempting to seize money or property under Florida’s asset forfeiture laws.

The Florida law states that property seizure can only take place if the owner of the property is arrested for a crime for which said property would be described as “contraband” and believed to be connected to the crime.

The government must present proof beyond a reasonable doubt before property can be forfeited to the state. The bond would be payable to the property owner if the government fails to produce evidence that the property is connected to criminal activity.

Don’t make the mistake of facing criminal charges without first consulting with the best defense team in Central Florida to protect your rights. Only a experienced attorney can help you understand what you are up against and how to best defend you in this serious situation. D’Lugo and DeFlora, Attorneys at Law are the right choice in Central Florida when charged with a criminal offense.

Call D’Lugo and DeFlora for consultation on criminal defense matters at 407.870.5551 or find us online at


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