I previously talked about the potential for abuse of the civil forfeiture process. I tried to create a plausible, yet scary, scenario to show just how easy it is for your property to be taken, and how hard it can be to get it back. This new video from John Oliver’s show, Last Week Tonight, had a great segment about civil forfeiture:
Essentially, the thrust of the segment, which is not without basis, is that civil forfeiture has become a tool of policing for profit.
While the laws are not favorable to those who have had their property seized, you are not without recourse. Even if you do not have the money to hire an attorney, in some instances an attorney will take your case on a contingent fee basis, where they will only collect a fee from you if they help you get your property back.