Do Not Travel With Large Sums of Money
Video Transcribed: How to avoid asset forfeiture in Oklahoma? I’m Tulsa Asset Forfeiture Attorney James Wirth, and that’s the question that’s before us is how do I avoid an asset forfeiture case?
Most of the time where we see asset forfeiture, it’s in relation to a traffic stop where law enforcement found large sums of money, say $5,000, $10,000, $100,000. So the easiest way to avoid asset forfeiture, under those circumstances, does not to travel with large sums of money.
Now you’re perfectly within your rights to do that, there’s no reason why you can’t have your money with you and transport it. There’s no requirement that you use banks, but practically speaking, we’ve seen when law enforcement finds large sums of money during a traffic stop, they just take it and they assume that it’s related to the drug trade and they filed to forfeit it so that it can go to the benefit of law enforcement and prosecutors in the operation of their duties, as opposed to you being able to keep that money.
So if you want to avoid that, the best thing to do, avoid traveling with large sums of money. Obviously, any kind of avoiding of any violation of the Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substance Act is going to be good. Avoid any tie to the drug trade. If you’re using marijuana, make sure that you have a legally approved card.
If you’re involved in a marijuana business, make sure that you are completely following all of those laws and regulations and have all of your licenses for that.
But the main thing from what we see in people that get involved in asset forfeiture cases is, do not travel with large sums of money. If you’ve got questions about a particular case, you’re going to want to talk to that confidentially with an attorney, to get that scheduled and go online to makelaweasy.com.