Many people think that when they are rightfully in the possession of cash, there’s nothing anyone can do to legally take that away from them. While this is true in many cases, there are exemptions to every rule. In certain situations, the police have the legal right to seize your cash.
If you have had cash seized by the police, you are likely feeling angry, upset and worried about your financial future. It is important to understand why the police probably took this action, your rights and what you can do to get justice.
A stop and search needs to take place
Under civil asset forfeiture laws, police sometimes have the right to seize assets found in a car that was stopped and searched. The stop and search must have been a legal one.
The police can benefit financially
Surprisingly, any assets obtained through these searches can be used to fund the police force. This gives the police force an incentive to seize assets, which many people argue is corrupt.
Police only need to suspect a crime
If cash is found in your vehicle, the police will not know for sure why you have this cash. It could have been obtained through legitimate activity or illegal activity. The police do not need to prove that the cash was obtained through illegal activity to seize it. They only need to state that they had a reasonable cause to suspect that it was obtained through illegal activity.
If you have become victim to the controversial civil asset forfeiture laws in Alabama, you should take action to claim back your assets and get justice.