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Civil forfeiture bill dies in State Senate

A Senate floor effort to keep alive a bill to prohibit the civil seizure of assets when the defendant had been acquitted of the underlying crime failed on Monday.

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Chap Petersen bill to limit civil forfeiture of property prior to conviction

State Sen. Chap Petersen has introduced legislation that will limit the ability of law enforcement to take property from citizens prior to conviction.


Virginia civil forfeiture laws earn a D- on new national report card

Draconian state and federal civil forfeiture laws are fueling an unprecedented rise in property seizures nationwide, according to a new national study—and Virginia’s laws are among the worst. The study provides the most comprehensive examination of civil forfeiture laws and forfeiture statistics yet compiled.