Governments routinely seize people’s assets without any trial or due process. It’s called Civil Asset Forfeiture… and there are very few rules limiting their authority.
We’ve written about police and various government agencies confiscating property like cash, cars, even houses, simply because they -suspect- someone of committing a crime.
Often the property’s owner is never even charged with a crime. The whole matter is dropped. But the government still keeps their stuff… and then an innocent civilian has to spend a boatload of money on lawyers to get their assets back.
In March 2017, Alabama police pulled a man over for a minor traffic violation and discovered that he had $52,000 of physical cash on him.
They had no suspicion that the man was a criminal, or any evidence of any wrongdoing. They just took the money… yet did not file any charges.
The police even admitted in testimony that there was absolutely zero evidence that the driver had committed a crime.
Seriously, how is this not THEFT?
But finally, after a TWO YEAR legal battle, an Alabama state court sided with the driver.
This will hopefully set a minimum standard for the police: you can’t just steal from people… there has to be at least some evidence of a crime.
Sonia Rina Landry is a passionate entrepreneur, speaker, author, and personal development coach. She is an outspoken advocate of the free market economy and has helped countless clients identify their core values, envision and realize goals that resonate with those values. She oversees several businesses online and offline.