Asset Forfeiture Report: New Hampshire


 


 
Grades*
Forfeiture
Law Grade

State Law Evasion Grade

 Final
Grade
New Hampshire

 

Forfeiture Law
New Hampshire civil forfeiture laws do not adequately protect the rights of property owners.  Prosecutors must prove only by a mere preponderance of the evidence that your property is related to a crime and thus subject to forfeiture.  Once established, the burden rests on you to raise an innocent owner defense, effectively making you guilty until proven innocent.  Law enforcement has a profit motive to pursue forfeitures because they directly keep 45 percent of the proceeds.  Another 45 percent of the proceeds go to a state forfeiture fund, while the remaining 10 percent accrues to the state health and human services department.  New Hampshire officials are supposed to track the amount of forfeiture activity, but they failed to respond to requests for information about the state forfeiture program.



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)

 

Total Assets
Forfeited

Assets Forfeited per
Law Enforcement Agency

1993

$1,437,084

$21,141

1997

$24,712,305

$105,361

2000

$334,170

$1,647

2003

$678,210

$3,075

 

Equitable Sharing Proceeds from the Assets Forfeiture Fund (AFF)

 

Proceeds Returned to State

FY 2000

$346,243

FY 2001

$455,552

FY 2002

$728,182

FY 2003

$882,749

FY 2004

$806,361

FY 2005

$1,271,291

FY 2006

$1,301,766

FY 2007

$1,334,732

FY 2008

$1,072,645

Total

$8,199,521

Average per Year

$911,058

 

Freedom of Information Data
No Data Available; Required to Collect, But Did Not Respond to Request


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