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Forfeitures / Licenses

Law enforcement is legally allowed to seize personal property they believe was involved in illegal activity, as part of an investigation. However, before the government takes possession of the private property the defendant must be given notice, and the opportunity to request a hearing. While the eighth amendment safeguards Americans against excessive governmental confiscations, the government still uses its power to retain items they believe were obtained illegally. 

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Protect Your Property

Property forfeiture can fall under civil or criminal forfeiture. When the U.S. government files a criminal charge they typically also have the option to add a forfeiture notice. This means that if you’re found guilty you may lose your assets on top of any other court-ordered punishments. 

Civil Asset Forfeiture

If you’re charged with a crime, the government may seize your property in accordance with the investigation or arrest. The property they seize could be incredibly valuable items like cash, vehicles, residential property, or expensive jewelry. In civil forfeiture, the government confiscates property that was used to violate the law, and any profit gained by the accused violator due to the alleged illegal activity. 

Criminal Asset Forfeiture

This type of forfeiture is used in criminal courts to punish violators. The government lays claim to property after the defendant is found guilty, as part of their punishment, if those assets are -found to be in connection with a crime. 

Security Clearance Hearings

This area of law is a highly specialized field, and many attorneys in the DFW area don’t practice it. This can be frustrating when you are trying to take the steps to obtain, retain, or recover your security clearance. However, the Law Office of John R. Teakell is well versed in the subtleties of security clearance hearings and procedures in Texas.  

When someone wants to work in a specific position at a company, they may be required to obtain the relevant clearances. Federal employees and contractors usually will need some degree of clearance to work for the United States government. This can include military personnel, elected officials, or any other federal employees. This process includes a deep dive into your personal, criminal, and financial history. 

The applicant typically must complete the Standard Form 86 which is then reviewed by the government. A security clearance hearing may be held in front of a DOHA judge. If you’re struggling to get approved or get your clearance renewed John R. Teakell can help you get the best outcome and navigate the complicated revocation and appeals process.  

Pharmacist and Physician Board Hearings

When the Texas State Board of Pharmacy or the Texas Medical Board sends a letter of investigation after receiving a complaint, you should proceed to find legal counsel. The TSBP is responsible for regulating pharmacists, and the medical board regulates physicians. If you are found in violation of the standard of care set forth by the board, you may lose your license to practice. 

John R. Teakell can help you navigate the entire process from the initial administrative complaint letter to the hearing process, and ultimately guide you through the ordered penalties for your violation. He will use his skills and resources to defend you, and likely stop the state from revoking your license.

Dallas-Fort Worth Defense Attorney John R. Teakell

Many attorneys aren’t familiar with the complex laws and procedural rules associated with forfeiture and licensing law in Texas. John R. Teakell is an attorney with experience as a federal prosecutor and high-level defense attorney. He is specialized in several areas of white collar crime and dedicated to representing each of his clients using personalized defense strategies and relevant resources. Contact the Law Office of John R. Teakell for a consultation to determine the best course of action for your licensing or asset forfeiture defense.