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It can be difficult and burdensome for a person to fight the necessary legal battle to regain possession of their property, even if that person is innocent. Moreover, law enforcement agencies may profit from seized assets, allowing them to raise revenue at the expense of innocent citizens.
- NACDL's Model Asset Forfeiture Legislation
- NACDL's Asset Forfeiture Resolution
- Pending State Legislation
- Congressional Hearings (see video and written testimonies)
- Letters of Support
- End Civil Forfeiture - The Institute for Justice's Initiative to End Policing for Profit
John Oliver on Civil Forfeiture
Comedian John Oliver recently discussed civil asset forfeiture on his program Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, highlighting some of the consequences of the current law in various cases.
The Washington Post's Multi-Part Series on Forfeiture Reform
Part 1: Stop and seize: Aggressive police take hundreds of millions of dollars from motorists not charged with crimes - After Sept. 11, 2001, a cottage industry of private police trainers emerged to teach aggressive techniques of highway interdiction to thousands of local and state police.
Part 2: Police intelligence targets cash: Reports on drivers, training by firm fueled law enforcement agressiveness - One training firm started a private intelligence-sharing network and helped shape law enforcement nationwide.
Part 3: They found the law. Who won?: Many drivers faced a long ordeal in court to try to get their money back from police - Motorists caught up in the seizures talk about the experience and the legal battles that could take over a year.
Part 4: Asset seizures fuel police spending - Police agencies nationwide routinely buy vehicles and weapons with money and property seized under federal civil forfeiture law from people who were not charged with a crime.
Pre-Trial Suppression & Fourth Amendment Issues
This Trial Guide is a topical and practical handbook examining the nuts and bolts of the most current Fourth Amendment & Pre-Trial Suppression issues encountered in modern criminal cases.
Defense Counsel Playbook for Eyewitness ID Cases
This Trial Guide was written to help counsel use existing case law to its strongest advantage, and to create a framework for appellate challenges urging courts to adopt leading cases.
Ultimate Cross 2.0
This special CLE compilation program includes the highest-rated presentations on Cross-Examination techniques from NACDL's most recent seminars (2017-2019).
Forensic Sciences in Criminal Cases: A Multidiscipline Primer
In order to challenge forensic evidence, experts, reports and findings commonly encountered in the courtroom, an attorney must first have a basic understanding of the forensic issues that they will be confronting.
News of Interest
- "Could SC cops be banned from keeping money seized in cases? Supreme Court hears arguments,"
- "Police Say Seizing Property Without Trial Helps Keep Crime Down. A New Study Shows They’re Wrong.,"
- "This Forfeiture Victim Waited 2 Years Without a Hearing. Is That Due Process?,"
- "DEA to Return $43,000 It Seized From Tampa Woman at Airport,"
- "With Little Evidence, Pennsylvania State Police Seized $600,000 From Drivers,"