Lyliane Couture has extensive experience litigating forfeitures. As a deputy prosecutor for Grant County, she forfeited over $800,000 of personal property and real estate. As a Criminal Defense attorney Lyliane Couture has won attorney's fees against multiple jurisdictions for overreaching seizures and procedural violations.
Forfeiture law is a specialized area of law that requires both civil and criminal law experience. In order to receive an award of attorney's fees in a forfeiture hearing, the claimant must substantially prevail. That means that the claimant must win the return of a substantial amount of the seized property.
Defenses to forfeiture include:
- Innocent Owner
- Community Property
- Property Mortgaged
- Illegal Search & Seizure
- Personal Use
- Excessive Fine under 8th Amendment to U.S. Constitution
- Violation of Speedy Forfeiture
- Collateral Estoppel
- No probable cause
We offer free initial consultations and will take forfeiture cases anywhere in Washington State.