A few weeks ago, I was pulled over for using a cellphone while driving. The police pulled me over and started interrogating me. They eventually searched my car and found $10,000 cash in a box. They took my cell phone and the cash, even though I gave them a valid explanation of the origin, and wrote me a ticket for using an electronic device while driving. They did not write me any other tickets or give me any additional documentation and they have not sent me anything in the mail since then. At this point, I am not sure what to do. I have read online that I may only have 30 days to file a form or I may loose my money, but I am not sure if that applies to me. Can someone please advise on what I should do? The ticket is for Pima County in Tucson, AZ. I have plenty of paperwork and a legitimate explanation of the origin of the money, but I am not sure who I even need to talk to or how to proceed.
I would like to get my $10,000 back at the very least and not sure if I have any basis for legal action for unlawful forfeiture? Thanks.
You must file a notice of claim for the money seized. You should have received paperwork from the police. If you do not, the money will be forfeited.
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