Asset Forfeiture Report: Ohio


Law Grade

State Law Evasion Grade



Forfeiture Law

Ohio’s protections against civil forfeiture abuse are mixed.  In forfeiture proceedings, the government must prove the property is related to a crime and thus subject to forfeiture by clear and convincing evidence, a higher standard than most states but still less than the beyond a reasonable doubt standard required for a criminal conviction.[1]  A property owner who wishes to argue his innocence has the burden of doing so.[2]  But most importantly, none of the proceeds from civil forfeiture go to law enforcement.  Unfortunately for Ohio property owners, though, even though state law is rather protective, law enforcement officials participate extensively in equitable sharing, receiving more than $80 million from 2000 to2008.

1 O. R. C. § 2981.05(D).
2 O. R.C. § 2981.09(A).

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