The defendant was charged with multiple counts of evading an officer and child endangerment and several enhancements. The charges resulted out of an incident wherein the defendant was speeding on the freeway. Officers attempted to pull the defendant over and instead the defendant was alleged to have fled from the police. The defendant had been driving a new sporty car and traveling with his older teenage child. Upon stopping the defendant, police seized nearly $40,000 in cash. The defendant ultimately pled to a single count of evading an officer and was sentenced to a few years in prison. The defendant was also returned the entire amount of cash seized from him (minus the fines/fees imposed in the criminal case).
"This was a difficult case. My client fled the police because he was in violation of his probation. His decision to violate his probation and flee the police was a terrible one. However, the government overcharged him with the child endangerment count and, further, was attempting to steal his nearly $40,000 cash. There was no evidence that the cash was obtained through illegal means. In fact, the police knew where the money had come from and that it was all perfectly legal. However, this did not stop the government from trying to keep some, or all, of the money. We were able to negotiate a plea agreement with the DA for a greatly reduced sentence (his exposure had been 15+ years) and a dismissal of the child endangerment charge. Once the criminal case was resolved we took a strong stance against the government in the asset forfeiture case (them trying to steal his money) and they ultimately returned it all (minus the fines/fees the client owed to the Court for the conviction)."
Be advised that I never promise a client a particular outcome, details of prior cases should not be taken as an indication that other clients will necessarily see the same results either.