People commonly believe that asset forfeiture to the state requires a criminal conviction. They are rightly shocked to learn that property may be taken without proof that a crime had been committed. Fortunately, and through the hard work of many, New Hampshire passed a law in 2016 that requires a criminal conviction before the forfeiture of assets seized in connection with criminal activity.
But there is still a problem. While the state law has been enhanced to protect the rights of those accused, the federal government provides a path around our state’s protections. More…
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