Asset Forfeiture Report: North Carolina


 


 
Grades*
Forfeiture
Law Grade

State Law Evasion Grade

 Final
Grade
North Carolina

 

Forfeiture Law
Civil forfeiture essentially does not exist under North Carolina law.  Property can only be forfeited if the property owner is actually convicted of a crime.  If he is convicted, the burden is on him to show why the property cannot be forfeited.  Moreover, law enforcement does not receive any percentage of forfeiture proceeds.    

Perhaps it should come as no surprise, then, that North Carolina participates extensively in equitable sharing, receiving more than $96 million from 2000 to 2008.



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

$9,213,280

$69,634

1997

$28,063,380

$49,920

2000

$19,284,039

$39,180

2003

$34,007,124

$68,065

 

Equitable Sharing Proceeds from the Assets Forfeiture Fund (AFF)

 

Proceeds Returned to State

FY 2000

$7,125,291

FY 2001

$6,808,539

FY 2002

$4,581,800

FY 2003

$9,480,431

FY 2004

$8,536,628

FY 2005

$10,121,517

FY 2006

$10,817,405

FY 2007

$20,920,094

FY 2008

$17,964,512

Total

$96,356,217

Average per Year

$10,706,246

 

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