Video: What is federal adoption in the asset forfeiture arena?
Board Certified Criminal Defense Lawyer Steve Jumes explains federal adoption in the context of asset forfeitures in this short video.
In the last year, there’s been a lot of criticism about the United States government swallowing up a lot of state forfeitures and enticing states to use federal courts for forfeiture by promising to give more money that’s seized and kept back to local police agencies. Adoption was the process where a case may start out as a state seizure… Say someone’s driving down the road, they have a bunch of money in their car, and a local police officer commits a traffic stop and fines them money and takes it from the street. That law enforcement officer may be directed by his or her sergeant to take the case federally and not through the state, because the state may only get 50% of it back and the feds would give 80% of it back, and so adoption really started to come under fire over the last year because there were concerns that this became too much about profit and the federal government was using a little bit too much of its power.
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