Defending Against a Civil Asset Forfeiture Case: A Toolkit for Property Owners

This guide is an introduction to civil asset forfeiture and it is written specifically for anyone whose property has recently been taken by law enforcement. This guide is intended to help you understand which laws allowed your property to be seized, what happens throughout the legal process, and what you can do to try to get your property back. 

This guide is also meant to help anyone who is interested in better understanding civil asset forfeiture, even if it has never happened to you. It may even help you prevent your assets from being forfeited in the future.

This guide is not meant to provide legal advice, either specific or general. For legal advice, you should consult a lawyer. Legal aid or the Texas State Bar may be able to help you find a lawyer for your civil asset forfeiture case. There is no guarantee that using the information in this guide will result in you winning your case, but it may be able to help.