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 (Legislative tracking services returning soon)
- 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 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. (Aired October 5, 2014)
The Washington Post's Multi-Part Series on Forfeiture Reform (September-October 2014)
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.
A Defender’s Guide to Federal Evidence: A Trial Practice Handbook for Criminal Defense Attorneys
This Guide to Federal Evidence is the only federal evidence handbook written exclusively for criminal defense lawyers. The Guide analyzes each Federal Rule of Evidence and outlines the main evidentiary issues that confront criminal defense lawyers. It also summarizes countless defense favorable cases and provides tips on how to avoid common evidentiary pitfalls. The Guide contains multiple user-friendly flowcharts aimed at helping the criminal defense lawyer tackle evidence problems. A Defender’s Guide to Federal Evidence is an indispensable tool in preparing a case for trial.
Modern Digital Evidence & Technologies in Criminal Cases
Modern cases need modern defenses, and modern lawyers can't practice with an outdated playbook. This program is a contemporary training that identifies emerging technologies and digital evidence encountered in today's criminal cases and arms you with the tools necessary to combat expert witnesses, prosecutorial overreach, and an uneducated judge and jury. This comprehensive CLE program covers both general aspects of new technologies as well as practical courtroom application and legal challenges to the use of these new technologies.
Top Shelf DUI Defenses: The Law, The Science, The Techniques (2021)
If you are serious about being an effective DUI defense advocate, or if you’re considering adding DUI defenses to your portfolio, you need to know the latest scientific and legal strategies to optimize your success at trial. Learn from the best-of-the-best in the field in this unique CLE Program, updated for 2021.
Defending Modern Drug Cases (2021)
From challenging the arrest and seizure to picking a jury and cross-examining police officers, defense attorneys handling drug cases must be able to construct a defense that will increase the chances of the client getting a positive result for your client.
Effective motion practice, juror selection, and storytelling have never been more important. This seminar will introduce defense counsel to techniques that have been used at recent drug trials to rebut specific claims and overcome the emotion created in today’s criminal legal system.
News of Interest
- "FBI says fortune seized in Beverly Hills raid was criminals’ loot. Owners say: Where’s the proof?,"
- "Mayor Lightfoot’s plan to use asset forfeiture to curb violence looks like an empty move,"
- "Lawsuit Challenging Houston Asset Forfeiture Program Says Police Use Stock Language To Seize Cash Without Probable Cause,"
- "This State’s Legislators Want to Overhaul the System That Lets Law Enforcement Keep People’s Money,"
- "It's Easy For Police To Seize Money. Worcester's District Attorney Makes It Hard To Get It Back,"