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Old 02-09-2017, 01:19 PM   #43
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Okay, even if there are two.

It's not a general problem for RV'ers, but you apparently wanted this discussion and airing of this here, so now you have it.


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Old 02-09-2017, 01:28 PM   #44
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Found this on a page discussing the position of the ACLU on this matter. Agree with them or not, which I frequently do not, cash forfeiture happens often enough that they are addressing it.

A debate has long been underway about the circumstances under which the government may examine and even seize the property of American citizens under a collection of laws commonly described as “Civil Asset Forfeiture.” A variety of state and federal laws allow law enforcement agents to seize an individual’s assets for a number of reasons, and critics of such laws assert reclaiming assets seized in such a fashion is next to impossible. The American Civil Liberties Union (who opposes the practice) described civil asset forfeiture on a page about the subject:
Every year, federal and state law enforcement agents seize millions of dollars from civilians during traffic stops, simply by asserting that they believe the money is connected to some illegal activity and without ever pursuing criminal charges. Under federal law and the laws of most states, they are entitled to keep most (and sometimes all) of the money and property they seize.

I use cash almost exclusively, and this is definitely something to be aware of.
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The conservative think tank "The Heritage Foundation" thinks that civil asset forfeiture laws are being abused and that uses of the laws have gone far afield of what was intended. The article includes several concrete examples.

Civil Asset Forfeiture: Good Intentions Gone Awry and the Need for Reform
As does the ACLU.

https://www.aclu.org/issues/criminal...rfeiture-abuse


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Old 02-09-2017, 02:13 PM   #46
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Lily, I realize that your late husband was a law enforcement officer and you no doubt have many friends in that field, but the fact is that the civil forfeiture laws have been abused many times and in many jurisdictions.

First, everyone needs to understand that that the civil forfeiture law allows law enforcement to confiscate--and KEEP--any property believed to be the proceeds of a criminal enterprise without charging--or even arresting--the individual from whom it was confiscated. It is incumbent on the victim to sue in civil court (hence the term "civil forfeiture") to get his property back. This has proven to be very profitable to various governments and some have been unable to resist.

The libertarian Cato Institute has done a lot of studies on the abuses of civil forfeiture. Here's a link to 227 of them:

https://find.cato.org/search?q=civil...web_collection
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RV'ers do not generally need to fear being stopped, asked how much cash they have, and having it unreasonably taken....
It depends on the location. Our historical travels in the Big Bend region of Texas have resulted in us being stopped and asked questions on 100% of trips taken to date. We have yet to go out there in our Interstate, but I'm sure that will be instructive.
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Old 02-09-2017, 02:23 PM   #48
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Lily is the dog, Me is...me.

My late husband was not law enforcement, he was a child abuse investigator...no arrest powers, tho those of protective custody of minors under certain conditions.


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No-no...my Lily has been surgically altered.

There will be no puppies.


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There should be no law granting the authority to law enforcement organizations to keep seized property if charges were dismissed or there was no conviction. I'm surprised this is even an issue. Throughout our legal history, countless cases have been dismissed before trial because there wasn't enough evidence to go to trial. Were many of these people guilty? No doubt. Were they jailed or fined anyway, because they "might" be guilty? Of course not! Our system is innocent until proven guilty, which all LEO's and district attorneys well understand. Why is there an exception for confiscation of property believed to have been used in a criminal enterprise without proof?
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Humor aside, when we talk about topics like this, we have to make allowances for the differences in peoples' experiences and the resulting expectations. Not to veer the thread into culture warring territory, which is a full-on disaster for any forum, but I'm a good example. I'm a visibly conservative middle-aged snow white woman with a spotless legal record - the last person on earth anyone would expect to run into unwarranted friction with any authorities for any reason. But my biological child is a different race and doesn't visibly resemble me, so there have been times when I know I've been under suspicion of either using the kid for prostitution or as a drug mule. I have vivid memories of the two of us being hauled into a back room and the authorities stripping my young teenage daughter down to her brassiere to look for what should not be on her body (and of course there was nothing). So when people ask me if something like a civil forfeiture investigation COULD possibly happen to someone like me, my answer is Oh Hell Yes. Is it LIKELY to happen? No. But I've seen what can transpire when one does not fit an expected American citizen profile.
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Why is there an exception for confiscation of property believed to have been used in a criminal enterprise without proof?
In civil asset forfeiture cases the government proceeds directly against the property, not the individual. Consequently, an individual need not be convicted of a crime and more demanding criminal procedure does not apply. The burden of proof is on an owner asserting unawareness of criminal activity associated with the asset or presenting an innocent explanation for possessing large sums of cash. Possession of significant amounts of currency, while not illegal, is frequently perceived as coming from illegal drug sales. Since the forfeiture action is against the property, the owner is a 'third party' claimant requesting to be heard by the court. Such contested seizures require timely filing post the seizure and case statistics reveal a lower level of success than one might believe possible.
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What is our protection or best course, for those of us who carry large amounts of cash?
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In civil asset forfeiture cases the government proceeds directly against the property, not the individual. Consequently, an individual need not be convicted of a crime and more demanding criminal procedure does not apply. The burden of proof is on an owner asserting unawareness of criminal activity associated with the asset or presenting an innocent explanation for possessing large sums of cash. Possession of significant amounts of currency, while not illegal, is frequently perceived as coming from illegal drug sales. Since the forfeiture action is against the property, the owner is a 'third party' claimant requesting to be heard by the court. Such contested seizures require timely filing post the seizure and case statistics reveal a lower level of success than one might believe possible.

Your response is an articulate and no doubt correct answer to my question. While my question was intended to be rhetorical, your illustration of the legal machinations necessary to bring such a thing about certainly illustrates that where there's a will, there's a way!
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Personally, I don't carry more than pocket cash. An officer intent on seizure will let your story fall on deaf ears and merely reply, "tell the judge." Given the success rate of retaining cash seizures and declining tax-based funding for agencies, I believe many federal and state entities have become dependent on this as a source for continued or expanded operations.

Annual Federal asset seizures grew from $303 million in 2003 to over $3.1 Billion in 2015 (last audited accounting from the Department of Justice for the Marshall's Service). It is a popular tactic and the entities involved get to keep a percentage of the asset proceeds (~1/3). Seized cash as a portion of the aggregate is not reported.

I don't know where one can tally all the state and municipal seizures to better gauge the national phenomenon.
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