A woman sues Albuquerque for seizing her car despite a ban on civil asset forfeiture. Does the government have the right to seize assets?

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  • No, asset seizure is not a right of the government.

    No, government seizure of assets in a civil situation is not legal, especially when a ban is in place against it. Civil asset forfeiture, such as seizing a car, inhibits the citizen of an asset that could assist her or him in resolving the issue under which the property was seized. Government entities are legally able to levy fines against citizens, but there must be allowances in place to fit citizens financial means and ability to pay. Seizing personal assets and property must be conducted only under serious felony crimes when the funds to purchase the asset were garnered from illegal sources, such as drug sales or human trafficking.

  • Government rights too powerful

    I believe that the rights enjoyed by the government and federal authorities to seize private property from citizens are currently lopsided in favour of the government. I would like to see the relevant laws and statutes reviewed with an eye towards restoring rights and individual liberties of the citizenry instead.

  • No, they do not.

    Seizing assets should only be used when the item was stolen, in which case it should be returned to the original owner, or if the item is illegal to own or use. Otherwise there is no reason for civil asset seizure. The process has been misused and this needs to be corrected.

  • No, the government does not have the right to seize assets.

    The government does not have the right to seize assets. Civil asset forfeitures are unconstitutional. The Bill of Rights protects citizens against illegal searches and seizures. Private property rights must be protected by the government; not confiscated by the government. Americans should demand that their leaders take action to stop civil asset forfeitures.

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