Innocent Owner Defense in Minnesota

A vehicle subject to forfeiture following a DWI must be returned to an innocent owner under specific circumstances. Effective January 1, 2022, this innocent owner defense will be spelled out in the statute and should – in theory – make th…
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Responsibility for Storage Fees When Your Vehicle is Forfeited

At a recent conciliation court hearing on behalf of a client asserting that she was an innocent owner of a forfeited vehicle, the State vehemently objected to my request that the State bear responsibility for the storage fees of the vehicle. This is…
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How to Get Back Seized Property

As you probably know, police may seize property – with or without a warrant – if it believes the property has some potential evidentiary value. As expected, this leads to an abuse of the system. Police often seize property for no reason o…
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