Does Freezing Assets Violate Your Right to Counsel?

In a recent case tried by the Supreme Court (Kaley v. U.S.) the issue arose of whether the government can legally freeze the assets of defendants during a case, effectively depriving them of the right to hire a skilled lawyer.


Kerri Kaley, a former employee of Johnson & Johnson, was accused along with her husband of smuggling stolen prescription medical devices and profiting from their resale. Kaley was unable to hire a lawyer with experience defending similar cases because the prosecution froze all of her financial assets.

The question at stake here is whether Kaley, and other defendants in this type of situation, will be allowed to hire a lawyer of their choice using money that was frozen. If not, they will be assigned a public defender, thereby decreasing their chances of a victory in court.

Brian J. Smith, a criminal defense lawyer based in Las Vegas, knows that “when it comes to your defense, experience matters.” Call 702.380.8248 for more information or to set up a consultation today.

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