The stories will shock you. Laws meant to get back ill-gotten goodies from the crimes of pirates and drug lords are now used to take property from common citizens, even from those who are not charged with crimes! To the tune of $4.5 billion annually.
Through civil asset forfeiture, federal and state-level law enforcement seize private property from owners they merely suspect are related to some criminal activity and sometimes from owners who are not suspected of criminal activity. Examples of seized property include cash, vehicles, and even homes. No charges or convictions are required for police to confiscate this property – Is That Even Legal?
Bob Interviews Paul Avelar, Managing Attorney of the Institute for Justice Arizona Office about the crazy case of an elderly couple, their son…and their car.