Civil asset forfeiture is notorious for being a questionable way for law enforcement officials to seize property. Law enforcement officials have the right to seize assets that they have reasonable cause to suspect have been involved in a crime.
Most commonly, civil asset forfeiture occurs during a traffic stop. If a traffic stop is made, law enforcement officials can choose to search the car if they believe that a crime may have been committed. Any assets deemed to be suspicious can then be seized, even if there is no evidence to show that a crime was committed.
If you are worried about becoming victim to civil asset forfeiture, you should put provisions in place so that you can reduce the chances of it happening to you.
Obey the rules of the road
Traffic stops usually occur after a driver makes a minor error on the road. They may have failed to observe a stop sign or they may have been driving slightly over the limit. By making sure you are obeying the rules of the road at all times, you will have a lower chance of being stopped.
Don’t carry valuable assets in your car
Assets can only be seized in a car if you choose to carry them with you. Therefore, you should avoid carrying large amounts of cash or valuables such as watches and jewelry whenever you can.
Unfortunately, racial profiling is known to play a part in the occurrence of traffic stops and asset seizure. If you believe that racial profiling was behind an instance of asset forfeiture, showing this could help you to regain your assets.