Property such as cars, trucks, currency, homes, firearms, cell phones,and tools may be confiscated by the police if they are connected to criminal activity.

The government can not take title to the property without seeking a Court Order.


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The government must file a forfeiture proceeding where the property owner is notified that the government is seeking to take title to their property.

As a former Associate County Attorney for Prince George's County, Maria Patterson handled forfeiture cases in Prince George's County.

The County does not have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the item(s) seized were proceeds or related to the criminal activity charged.  Rather, money and weapons found in close proximity to contraband are presumed to be forfeitable.  The claimant of money or weapons has the burden to rebut this presumption.  Attorney Maria Patterson handles forfeiture cases in Anne Arundel, Prince George's, Charles, Montgomery, and Calvert Counties.

If your money or property has been seized or if you have been notified that the government wants to take your property through a forfeiture proceeding, please contact lawyer Maria Patterson at 301-383-1525 to schedule a meeting at the Bowie office of Reinstein, Glackin, Patterson & Herriott in Prince George's County, Maryland.

17251 Melford Boulevard, Suite 101

Bowie, MD 20715 US