Civil forfeiture laws allow the government to take cash, cars, homes and other property suspected of being involved in criminal activity. Unlike criminal forfeiture, with civil forfeiture, the property owner doesn’t have to be charged with, let alone convicted of, a crime to permanently lose his property.
Once your property has been seized by the government there is a byzantine process to get it back. See the steps and pitfalls for navigating a federal forfeiture case in this comprehensive overview.
Civil forfeiture laws allow the government to take cash, cars, homes and other property suspected of being involved in criminal activity.
ARLINGTON, Va.—Today, the Institute for Justice (IJ) submitted an amicus brief in the Lake County, Indiana, Superior Court calling for more transparency in how the […]
LOS ANGELES—US Private Vaults security deposit box owners represented by the Institute for Justice (IJ) will appeal a decision issued today blessing the FBI’s search […]
RICHMOND, Va.—Today, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued an important civil forfeiture decision holding that the government cannot just assume that drivers found […]
LOS ANGELES—When the FBI asked a federal magistrate judge for a warrant to seize the property of US Private Vaults, it concealed critical details about […]
ARLINGTON, Va.—Today, the Institute for Justice (IJ) condemned the decision by Michigan lawmakers to undo reforms to the state’s civil forfeiture system under the guise […]