Our firm recently represented the Grandfather of a criminal defendant who had property siezed by police in connection with the Berks County, PA criminal charges. Specifically, an iPhone that had been purchased by the Grandfather for use by his grandson had been seized by police as evidence. After the case was concluded the grandfather wanted his property back. Unfortantely, the Commonwealth was not willing to simply return the iPhone absent court order.
As a result, we filed a Return of Property Petition with the Berks County Common Pleas Judge who had proper jurisdiction. The Commonwealth opposed our request on the grounds that the iPhone may be of some relevance if some subsequent appeal was filed in the underlying criminal case. Fortunately, the Judge saw no merit in the Commonwealth’s position and granted our request.
That very same day Attorney Ryan McAllister accompanied our client to an evidence locker and retrieved the iPhone.
The police frequently seize valuable personal property as part of criminal investigations. Sometimes these items are unrelated to the eventual criminal prosecution. This is an area often overlooked by criminal defendants and their attorneys. At Ebner, Nevins & McAllister we pride ourselves in providing thorough and detail-oriented representation to all of our clients.
Even if your criminal case may be closed, you may still be entitled to have your property returned to you. We have secured the release of vehicles, cash, electronics and other valuables for our clients. If you are facing forfeiture of property in Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania call our office today for a free first time consultation.