Did you know that the police can seize your property and keep it EVEN IF THEY DON’T CHARGE YOU WITH A CRIME?
It’s called civil asset forfeiture. Once your property is seized you must go through the difficult, and often unsuccessful process to get your property–whether it’s a vehicle, cash or your home–back from the police.
Police officers do not need warrants to seize property under civil asset forfeiture, and police departments can keep seized assets — even if the owner is found not guilty.
The law allows for state and local agencies to pad their budgets with seized money and property.
New Mexico has just effectively outlawed civil asset forfeiture. It should be a model law for all states.
Read more about the New Mexico law here: http://dailycaller.com/2015/04/10/breaking-new-mexico-gov-abolishes-civil-asset-forfeiture-bill/
And watch this video to learn more about civil asset forfeiture: