Can the police seize or freeze a person’s bank account if illegaldrug activity is expected but an arresthas not been made?

Bank account has been frozen for some months now with no information as to when it will be released.

Asked on September 7, 2011 under Criminal Law, Wisconsin

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Yes, a bank account of a person suspected of illegal activity can be frozen by law enforcement under the authority of an issued search warrant and resulting court order as to the bank account.

If the bank acocunt is yours and there has been no arrests with respect to it or the owners of the account after the passage of several months, it is probably a good idea for you to consult with a criminal defense attorney about the situation and the best way to unfreeze the bank account if the money in it has nothing to do with illegal activity.


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