Video: What is equitable sharing?

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Board Certified Criminal Defense Attorney Steven Jumes explains what is equitable sharing in this short video.

Equitable sharing is a discussion as to how much federally forfeited property goes to local law enforcement agencies. Equitable sharing is typically at an 80 percent rate. So let’s say someone is traveling down I-45 and they are in Arizona and they’re traveling with $100,000 in their vehicle. They get pulled over. The police find the $100,000, whether it’s by a canine smell from the canine barking at the car saying that’s supposedly drug money, or from a consent search, or for whatever reason. That local Arizona police officer seizes the $100,000, the forfeiture goes federally, and now there’s $100,000 that is in the government coffer. The U.S. government would equitably share 80 percent of it back to that Arizona police department and keep 20% of it in an assets forfeiture fund.

We hope you found this video helpful. To find out answers to other questions like, “What is equitable sharing?” please visit this page, which is full of useful information about this issue.

To watch more informational videos by Steve Jumes and other criminal defense attorneys at Varghese Summersett, please visit our video page. We address a number of legal issues regarding asset forfeiture, including:

What is the innocent owner defense to asset forfeiture?

Seizures in drug cases

The Burden of Proof in Asset Forfeitures

What is federal adoption in the asset forfeiture arena?


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