Karen Molle

Calgary Criminal Defence Lawyer

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Proceeds of Crime - Money Laundering - Civil Forfeiture

December 2014 - Supreme Court denies province's appeal in civil forfeiture case

July 9, 2014 - Jesse Kline: When ‘tough on crime’ goes too far

July 1, 2014 - Government needs solid evidence to seize someone’s home: Court

Judgement for the above case.

April 4, 2012 - An Alberta judge has ordered authorities to reimburse a man whose money was confiscated by the RCMP under a controversial civil law, saying his rights were violated.

In 2010, Ms. Molle was instrumental in obtaining a substantial cost award against the Alberta Government for its unwarranted attempt to seize the home of a Calgary senior citizen. The Court ordered the Crown to pay "full indemnification", which included legal costs for its attempt to seize the home based upon little evidence.

Government forfeiture of the proceeds of crime was intended to send the message that “crime does not pay” however, it also proved to be an excellent source of revenue. Multidisciplinary forfeiture squads were established in all of the major cities in Canada to more effectively seize property suspected to be tainted by crime. These teams of police, tax investigators, lawyers and f accounts use sweeping powers and specialized knowledge to seize cash, cars, and houses –or anything else of value.

Recently, the Alberta Government created their own forfeiture regime. The Civil Forfeiture Office utilizes the far-reaching powers of the Victims Restitution and Compensation Payment Act to launch civil claims against anyone they suspect has committed crime utilizing their property or who may have acquired property from crime. The government never has to prove that any crime was actually committed. The property owner must respond to the action or will automatically lose their property.

These cases are more complex than many criminal proceedings because the Crown and the police are well trained and experienced. The broad reach of their powers can have serious effect on individual’s legal and economic interests.

To successfully defend these cases, your lawyer should have skills and training that match those of the prosecutor. Karen Molle, is in a unique position to assist because of her years of experience prosecuting complex drug trafficking, money laundering and proceeds of crime cases.

Karen Molle was part of the government’s program to dedicate specially trained lawyers to Integrated Proceeds of Crime Units. Ms. Molle has also trained police officers and other lawyers on the complexities drug and proceeds of crime law.

In 2006, Ms. Molle left the government to start her own defence practice specializing in drug and proceed of crime cases. She has successfully defended an array of cases ranging from drug importation to simple possession. Ms. Molle has had extensive success in the intricate process of “asset recovery”, i.e. having her clients seized assets returned to them.

If the police have seized your property as part of a criminal case or a civil forfeiture, seek the advise of an experience lawyer. Ms. Molle is a highly regarded Calgary civil forfeiture (asset recovery) lawyer. Her unique skills in this expanding field of criminal litigation can save your property from being forfeited to the government.



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