Civil and Criminal Forfeiture: Federal and State Practice

“The definitive work on federal and state forfeiture.”— Barry Kamins, Administrative Judge for Criminal Matters for the Second Judicial District and for the Criminal Court of the City of New York

“Includes almost everything the practitioner might require in dealing with forfeiture proceedings at either the federal or state level.”— Israel Rubin, Associate Justice, Appellate Division, Supreme Court, State of New York.

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This three-volume treatise provides a practical, thoroughly comprehensive treatment of the forfeiture provisions enacted by Congress and all 50 states and the District of Columbia. It includes discussion of:

  • Federal forfeiture statutes and the commencement of forfeiture sections under these statutes, from pretrial proceedings through trial and post-trial motions.
  • State forfeiture laws for all 50 states and the District of Columbia, including the statutes relating to narcotics, money laundering, administrative proceedings instituted by law enforcement agencies, real property and other areas.
  • RICO statutes concerning forfeiture, including pertinent civil and criminal provisions and their judicial interpretations.
  • Attorney fees, with analysis of statutory language and relevant cases relating to forfeiture of attorneys’ fees.

One resource, one-stop coverage!

Civil and Criminal Forfeiture helps you:

  • Understand the substance of the law with discussions of federal and state forfeiture provisions and case law from all federal circuits and state courts. The treatise also includes reprints of secondary sources, such as Federal pamphlets and sections of the Department of Justice Manual.
  • Get expert insights and perspective on civil and criminal forfeiture law with guidance on how to distinguish between civil and criminal forfeiture actions and their procedural differences.
  • Save valuable work time with research materials selected from the actual jurisdictions, including: forms and sample pleadings (divided by jurisdiction) for use by prosecution and defense, relevant sections of statutory text, excerpts from articles, case citations and extensive cross referencing for locating relevant state and federal precedent.

Written by an expert in the field!

Steven L. Kessler practices white-collar criminal law in New York. Prior to entering private practice. Mr. Kessler was head of the Asset Forfeiture Unit of the Bronx District Attorney’s Office in New York, where he supervised and litigated all phases of forfeiture and related matters. In that capacity, he served as a member of the forfeiture Law Advisory Group of the New York State District Attorneys Association. Mr. Kessler has written and lectured extensively on topics related to forfeiture. He is a contributor to the New York Law Journal, and is the author and Revisions Editor of the chapter New York Forfeiture in Weinstein, Korn and Miller’s New York Civil Practice, published by Matthew Bender. He has been quoted and cited in court opinions and publications of legal and general circulation nationwide.

A graduate of Cornell Law School, Mr. Kessler served for eight years as a member of the House of Delegates of the New York State Bar Association and, for 12 years, as editor of One on One , the publication of the 4,000 member General Practice Section of the New York State Bar Association. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Criminal Justice Section of the New York State Bar Association and of the Forfeiture Abuse Task Force of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and served on the Forfeiture Law subcommittee of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. An Adjunct Professor of Law at New York Law School, Mr. Kessler is a former member of the RICO Cases Committee of the American Bar Association ‘s Criminal Justice Section and is listed in Who’s Who in American Law.

His new book, Civil and Criminal Forfeiture: Federal and State Practice, is the definitive federal and state resource book that explains this area of law unlike any other treatise available.

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