New York Woman Fights to Have Her Day in Court

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency tried to keep Cristal’s money using the abusive practice of civil forfeiture, which does not require charging her with any crime, let alone securing a conviction.

Cristal teamed up with the Institute for Justice to appeal her case to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, asking that she be allowed to fight for her savings.

The process for challenging a forfeiture is an incredibly convoluted one and includes various steps along the way where defendants risk losing their money forever, especially without professional legal help.

“I never thought I could have my money taken from me when I didn’t do anything wrong. I’ve tried to follow all the steps to get my money back, but this whole process has been so confusing.” 
IJ Client Cristal Starling

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