United States v. Pease, 331 F.3d 809 (11th Cir. 2003)
FEDERAL FORFEITURE VACATED FOR GOVERNMENT FAILURE TO FOLLOW PROPER PROCEDURE
Clients were family members of a convicted defendant in Tampa who had their property seized by the government. Clients retained Criminal Appeals attorney Della Fera to represent them on the issue of forfeiture of property. Della Fera argued the government had not perfected its forfeiture against the innocent third party family members and that the procedures followed by the Government were unlawful. All property seized, including numerous luxury vehicles, were subsequently returned.