I have been getting a lot of search terms along the lines of seized animals being forfeited.
Just because the govt has seized your property or animals does NOT give them clear title to them. There is this pesky little sentence in that thing called the U.S. Constitution & in most state Constitutions that says:
Article 3- Clause 2. No Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted.
The govt can seize your property but there is a definitive process they need to go through to hold clear & legal title. I suggest that if your property & your animals in property have been seized you IMMEDIATELY petition the courts for their return & file a UCC lien on them
Many times a prosecutor or your public pretender will tell you that if you give up your animals you’ll get a lighter sentence or they will cut you a plea deal ONLY because it makes it easier on them to seize your property without having to go through the proper channels. They get to score one for their win/loss ratio, they get to soak you for money for the next 2 to 5 years, & you keep about 20 people employed.
Most people are terrified & don’t have any real representation from a caring concerned lawyer & don’t have the money to get one so you are automatically nothing but a piece of shit in their eyes, they feel they can talk to you any way they want to, treat you however they want & do whatever they want. They have also forgotten somewhere along the line that they are PUBLIC SERVANTS, which basically mean they work for us, but the truth is they don’t & they won’t.
Just because they have them doesn’t mean they own them until they go through a Judicial Process to get the full title, also keep in mind that even if a dipstick Municipal Judge orders forfeiture you can appeal that decision to a Superior Court Judge & if they say no you most definitely can take that to the State Appellate Court, as forfeiture is a matter of Constitutional magnitude & therefore will be heard by the higher courts. (Oh & YES your attorney is required to represent you in this matter, or they need to assign counsel who is able & qualified to handle the matter)
The biggest thing is that they HAVE to bully you, to get the win & save the money. If you are talking about a car then sometimes it is easier to just walk away, but if you are talking about an animal then grow a pair & fight with all of your might for them, we are talking about creatures who would die for you, gladly, willingly & without a second thought, so the least you can do is show them a little of the same loyalty.
Just remember it is their job to convince you to do things their way to make all of their jobs easier: Don’t fall for it. No one fights back so they now firmly believe they are above the law & can whatever they damn well please.
I can’t give you legal advice but I can tell you about common sense & decency, even loyalty. No matter how afraid you are you have a duty & an obligation to fight for the innocent animals, being poor doesn’t excuse you from turning your back on a friend or family member who is helpless & vulnerable