Asset Forfeiture Report: Iowa


Law Grade

State Law Evasion Grade



Forfeiture Law
Iowa’s civil forfeiture laws place a heavy burden on property owners.  Under state law, the prosecutor must only show that the property is related to criminal activity and can be forfeited by a preponderance of the evidence.  Once the prosecutor meets that burden, the burden is on the property owner to show his innocence, or in other words, that he did not know and could not have reasonably known of the conduct or that he acted reasonably to prevent the conduct giving rise to the forfeiture.  Moreover, law enforcement receives 100 percent of the value of any property seized under Iowa forfeiture law, and law enforcement agencies are not required to collect or report their forfeiture proceeds. 

Press Releases and News

State Press Release


From the Report: Canine Sniffs Yield Unreliable Evidence for Forfeiture




Forfeitures as Reported to LEMAS (Drug-related only)


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Equitable Sharing Proceeds from the Assets Forfeiture Fund (AFF)


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Freedom of Information Data
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