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What to Know About Civil Asset Forfeiture in New Jersey

Civil asset forfeiture allows law enforcement officers to take assets that they believe were involved in criminal activity. Read on to learn more about civil asset forfeiture in New Jersey.

What Assets can be Seized in New Jersey?

“Civil asset” refers to the proceeds from illegal activity, property that is integral to the illegal acts, and property used in committing a crime. These items are all subject to seizure under the New Jersey Forfeiture Law. The following are examples of assets that can be seized in New Jersey:

  • Cash from drug dealing
  • Money financing illegal gambling
  • Automobiles used to transport illegal drugs

New Jersey’s D-Rating

According to recent reports, New Jersey has received a ‘D-’ for civil asset forfeiture laws. That being said, changes are being made to ensure that New Jersey’s civil asset forfeiture laws are fair and just.

What do I do if My Assets Have Been Seized?

If your assets have been seized, the State will file a civil lawsuit detailing why the item was linked to a crime or considered contraband. The State must also establish the connection between the criminal act and the defendant and they must be dependant on one another. If the owner of the property was not involved or even aware of the criminal act, they cannot be held responsible. If you are involved in a civil asset forfeiture case, you will need to retain the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney right away.

If you or a loved one has had your assets seized, our firm is here to help. Reach out today to speak with a skilled and dedicated criminal defense attorney.


Kevin T. Conway is an experienced Bergen County criminal attorney handling DUI, DWI, traffic violations, violent crimes, sex crimes, illegal gun possession, shoplifting, and juvenile crimes. Attorney Conway is also experienced in commercial law matters, zoning law, and estate planning. If you need an aggressive criminal lawyer, contact The Law Office of Kevin T. Conway for a free consultation.

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