Under the civil forfeiture laws, how much of your rightfully owned money does a cop have to catch you with in order to take it?

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  • 1 year ago

    NONE. The laws apply to claiming they have reason to believe the assets were acquired illegally. You could have $10,000,000 or no cash at all and the argument is IDENTICAL.

  • TB12
    Lv 7
    1 year ago

    No set amount, all they have to do is say they suspect it was obtained from illegal activities,,, which basically means if you get pulled over with 14 dollars in your pocket they can take the 14 dollars,,, civil forfeiture laws are just a legal way for the cops to steal whatever they want.

  • Bruce
    Lv 7
    1 year ago

    If it is rightfully owned, none. 

    If there is probable cause it was tied to illegal activity, all of it. 

  • Anonymous
    1 year ago

    Each state has different laws. Specify the state please.

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  • 1 year ago

    It's not about amount.  Exact laws vary from state to state and for the feds, but generally speaking it's about them having probable cause to believe the money is being used to commit a crime, is the proceeds of a crime, or something like that.

    Once they have it, it's really very hard to get back because the burden of evidence is on YOU to prove you weren't profitting from a crime.  This inversion of the burden of evidence is a huge problem with asset forfeiture laws and you should definitely write your legislators to get it fixed.

    The federal laws are a bit better, but there have also been alot of scandals where they've been abused as well.

  • Anonymous
    1 year ago

    no set amount but they target people carrying large sums of money. they keep the money under the pretense you got the money illegally even though you have never been charged with any crime. you have to sue them to get the money back. it is nothing more than outright theft

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