Civil Asset Forfeiture: A Current Controversy

police officer traffic stopIf you have checked out the news recently, you may have heard of a current controversy involving a practice known as civil asset forfeiture. Primarily, its use has spiked drastically since the 1980s due to the War on Drugs. Although, it has a history dating back to the 1600s in Britain. Here, we’ll just go over what it means, and you can decide on the controversy yourself.

The Basics Of Civil Asset Forfeiture:

We’ve all heard the phrase “innocent until proven guilty”. It applies to criminal charges, where the prosecutor must prove beyond reasonable doubt that the defendant committed the crime in question.

The process of civil asset forfeiture, ramped up during the Drug War to keep people from using and selling illicit drugs, skirts this by charging a person’s property with a crime. The person must then go to court to prove that they own the property legitimately; unfortunately, due to the high cost of going to court, they often have to pay more just to prove they obtained the property legally than the value of the property itself. 

Some argue for the necessity of civil asset forfeiture to stop drug users/sellers, while others take the side of the innocents that have gotten caught up in the tactic.

If you want a voice advocating for either side of this issue, keep educating yourself and use that when it comes time to vote. Should you find yourself needing bail bonds, Nashville Bonding company can bail you out. Just give us a call at (615) 255-1800.