August 26, 2015

By Vannoy Law Firm

File Aug 25, 5 39 25 PM


Under South Carolina law, the police can lawfully seize private property and auction and sell it in some cases involving alleged violations of our drug laws.  For instance, if a vehicle facilitates a violation of our drug law involving over a pound of marijuana, the police can lawfully seize the vehicle.  They can also seize real (land) and personal property that facilitates specified drug law violations.  However prior to the State permanently depriving the individual of their property, that individual has a right to challenge the forfeiture.  In my experience, many folks are shocked by the fact that they have been arrested and their property seized and are too nervous or otherwise unwilling to challenge the seizure of their property.  In America, thanks to the 5th & 14th Amendments, no person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law.  Due process, in this scenario, means notice and an opportunity to be heard prior to the permanent deprivation of someone's property.  Bottom line, the person whose property has been seized can have a judge determine the lawfulness of the seizure if they choose. 

If you have had money or property seized by the police and would like to discuss your rights, feel free to call us to set up a consultation. 

If you have questions about a search warrant, arrest warrant, or any other issue involving your personal rights and liberty, please feel free to contact my office.  If you have been charged with a DUI, traffic ticket, criminal offense, or a probation violation, feel free to contact me to discuss your options.  I also handle driver's license issues, parole cases, and other matters.  At my office, you will receive a free interview in criminal cases.  If retained, I will go about protecting your initial court appearance, if possible, and begin investigating the case.  If you have questions about a criminal or DUI case or questions about this article, feel free to contact me at (843) 761-0610.  If you would like to read more about South Carolina's DUI and criminal laws, copy/paste this link into your search heading

If you have questions regarding a DUI or criminal case in Berkeley, Charleston, or Dorchester County, please contact my office today at (843) 761-0610 or through the contact page on this website.

Photo-3Brady Vannoy is a criminal defense lawyer in Berkeley County, South Carolina.  He carries a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating.  According to the rating system, "AV Preeminent(r) is a significant rating accomplishment – a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence."

Brady Vannoy is a member of The National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Trial Lawyers in South Carolina.  You can find his profile at

Brady Vannoy's office is located in downtown Moncks Corner.  He regularly takes cases in Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties.  Brady is a member of the South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and The National Trial Lawyers, Top 100.  Brady defends DUI and all types of criminal cases in Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties along with other areas of the South Carolina low country.  He can be reached at (843) 761-0610,, or through the contact page on this website.

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