Asset Forfeiture Report, the annual publication required by state law that details Michigan’s drug-related forfeiture activities.
The report aggregates data from 629 local police departments,
sheriff’s departments, and multijurisdictional task forces, plus the
Michigan State Police. Civil forfeiture is a policy that enables law
enforcement authorities to seize property or currency if they suspect it
is involved in, or is the result of, a crime.
Americans Have Few Protections in Civil Proceedings
Since forfeiture proceedings are civil, not criminal, property owners
are afforded few due process protections. With no presumption of
innocence or right to an attorney, innocent property owners fighting the
seizure of their homes and life savings face a legal landscape skewed
against them in nearly every way possible.