Oates says that between property taken, bank accounts seized, and legal fees, he has actually lost over $600,000, but that he would “rather spend every dollar on an attorney than just let [law enforcement]have it.”
Moore is helping Oates fight to get his assets back, yet says it’s easier said than done.
“In a typical civil case, it’s the plaintiff that has the burden of proof. But in a civil forfeiture case, it turns out it’s actually the defendant that has to show where this money came from,” says Moore. “We have to show by preponderance of the evidence, that this money that they are trying to forfeit came from legal means.
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