Under Texas and Federal law, property that is considered to be contraband may be seized and forfeited to the government. Contraband is defined as (1) any property that is used or intended to be used in the commission of certain crimes; (2) the proceeds gained from the commission of certain crimes; (3) any property that is acquired with the proceeds of certain crimes; and (4) any property used to facilitate or intended to be used to facilitate the commission of certain crimes. Generally speaking, money laundering and drug trafficking crimes trigger the seizure and forfeiture laws of Texas and the Federal government.
It is not uncommon for law enforcement officers in Texas to seize large sums of cash from individuals who have been stopped for minor traffic offenses. Even in circumstances where no illegal drugs are found, the Texas highway patrol will take your money, hand it over to either state or federal authorities, and an action will be filed to forfeit your money to the government.
If the State of Texas or the United States of America has filed a forfeiture action seeking to have your property forfeited and you need the assistance of an experienced trial lawyer, please give me a call and we can discuss your legal rights.