Civil asset forfeiture is a corrupt practice. It allows the police to take your property and hold it indefinitely, even if you’re acquitted of a crime or the charges against you are dropped. They can also pocket the proceeds if they sell your property.
The process to petition the state to return your possessions often lasts months and can cost more than the total value of your property. That’s not how due process is supposed to work.
The burden of proof should be on the state to produce evidence that your property was used in the commission of a crime. But civil asset forfeiture flips that principle on its head, requiring you to prove it wasn’t used that way.
This practice needs to be reformed. Contact your officials to tell them: Fix civil asset forfeiture!