Asset Forfeiture Report: North Carolina


Law Grade

State Law Evasion 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)


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Equitable Sharing Proceeds from the Assets Forfeiture Fund (AFF)


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