Asset Forfeiture in Virginia (Online Seminar)

MCLE Credits: 2.0
Ethics Credits Included: 0.0

MCLE Credit: 2.0 (Ethics: 0.0)
Live-Interactive Credit: 0.0
VIDC Re-Certification Credit: 2.0 (VIDC Information)
Price: $149 (Includes a downloadable audio version.)
Viewable Through: 04/30/2021


A pre-recorded streaming video replay from the April 2018 webcast, Asset Forfeiture in Virginia.

Course Benefits

Examine the law and procedures of asset forfeiture and some of the legal issues that may arise in a typical asset forfeiture case.

  • Review the jurisprudence of Virginia asset forfeiture laws
  • Learn the law and civil procedures associated with these cases 
  • Examine what the burden of proof is for the prosecution and defense
  • Discover the legal issues that may arise for both sides
  • Find out what you should discuss with clients

Asset forfeiture is a civil proceeding, filed by a prosecutor, which may affect some criminal cases. This seminar will review the jurisprudence related to Virginia asset forfeiture as well as the laws, procedures, and defenses.

This unique program not only will provide attorneys with a general understanding of asset forfeiture laws and procedure in Virginia, but will also touch upon some of the common pitfalls in these cases. While examining procedures that must be followed by law enforcement and prosecutors, our speaker will discuss legal issues that need to be explored with your clients.

Although the seminar will briefly cover some of the differences between federal and state laws in this field, it will concentrate on Virginia asset forfeiture laws.





Thomas Shaia, Deputy Commonwealth Attorney / Suffolk

Thomas Shaia is a Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney in the City of Suffolk and began working for this office in February 2016. He graduated from George Mason University in 1985 and from Case Western Reserve School of Law in 1988.  Mr. Shaia has been a prosecutor since 1988.  He started working for the City of Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, and stayed there until 1993.  In 1994, he began working for the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office in Henrico County and stayed until 2002.  In 2002, Mr. Shaia was appointed as the Chief Prosecutor for the Attorney General of Virginia Financial Crime Intelligence Center.  Along with others he started the program and he stayed in the office until 2004.  In 2004, Mr. Shaia began working for the County of Spotsylvania Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, was appointed Deputy in 2006, and stayed there until 2016.  He is an avid teacher and lecturer, has lectured on many topics including asset forfeiture, ethics, money laundering, racketeering, and search and seizure, and assists in teaching the Top Gun program and Gang Busters program for prosecutors and law enforcement in Virginia. Mr. Shaia was honored with the Warren Von Schuch Award for Distinguished Prosecutor by the Virginia Commonwealth’s Attorneys Association in 2010. Mr. Shaia also received the 2018 Michael R. Doucette Lecturer of Merit Award issued by the Commonwealth's Attorneys' Services Council in August 2018.  This award is "in recognition of exceptional leadership and commitment to the training of Virginia's prosecutors."

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