What civil asset forfeiture means

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How the police can seize your stuff when you have not been proven guilty of anything

In most states the police can seize property they suspect has been used to commit a crime. Under "civil asset forfeiture" laws, they typically do not have to prove "beyond a reasonable doubt" that a crime was committed, or even charge anyone with an offence.


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