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Civil Asset Forfeiture Reforms Move Forward

Jan 25, 2019

This week, the Senate Judiciary Committee reported legislation making reforms to civil asset forfeiture laws in Michigan. Introduced by Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Senator Peter Lucido (R-Shelby Township), the legislation requires an individual be convicted of or plead guilty to a crime before law enforcement can take ownership of personal property through the civil asset forfeiture process. Seized personal property would be returned if a person is not convicted of a crime. The bill has been sent to the Senate floor for consideration.

The House of Representatives also introduced legislation making reforms to civil asset forfeiture laws in the state. The House bills also require a criminal conviction before private property is seized through the civil asset forfeiture process.

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