Civil Forfeiture

The government may seize and forfeit money and property used in the commission of a crime. Typically a vehicle may not be forfeited for simple possession of controlled substances. A vehicle, money or other property may be seized and forfeited if it was used to facilitate crimes of possession of drugs with intent to distribute and sales of drugs, or if the prosecution can prove it was purchased with the proceeds of a crime. There are different procedures for values under and over $10,000.00. You must act quickly if you are going to contest a forfeiture. Federal asset forfeitures have different procedures, but in all cases time is critical.