The forfeiture attorneys at GRL Law routinely call for immediate action by citizens when police seize personal property like cash and firearms without a warrant. If you don’t act promptly, you risk losing out on any claim for the return of your property. That’s right. The police might keep your cash! We had the opportunity […]
For the fifth time since joining GRL Law in 2018, Colin Murphy was once again named to the Great Plains Super Lawyers list in 2022, an honor reserved for those lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice. Only 5 percent of attorneys in the region receive this distinction.
If you have cash seized for forfeiture by the Iowa State Patrol or another law enforcement agency during a traffic stop, then due process entitles you to certain rights. Normally, the trooper will provide you with a Notice of Seizure for Forfeiture. This will list the date, time and location along with a description of […]
If you are carrying large amounts of cash during a traffic stop, then chances are police will seize it and make you fight to get it back. This happened recently to a driver we represent. Police stopped him for speeding and seized nearly $1,000 from his glove compartment. We were able to secure its return […]
Police and prosecutors use forfeiture laws to take ownership of property that is allegedly related to criminal activity. The police needn’t even arrest the owner to take advantage of Iowa’s civil forfeiture laws. More often than not, criminal charges are never filed by police. They simply seize property (mainly cash) during any traffic stop, […]
When the task force takes property from a citizen without consent, it becomes “seized” property. Iowa law provides specific rules for making a claim for the return of property seized under these circumstances. If the rules are not followed to the letter, then it is all but impossible for the rightful owner to recover. This […]
Greenfield, Adair County, Iowa. The drug defense attorneys at GRL Law prevailed again today by successfully securing a court order for the return of over-the-counter cannabidiol (CBD) products seized by local law enforcement. The estimated retail value of these CBD products exceeded $3,000, which is believed to be the largest seizure of its kind in […]
Colin Murphy was once again named to the Great Plains Super Lawyers list in 2020, an honor reserved for those lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice. Only 5 percent of attorneys in the region receive this distinction.