Nov 15, 2019

Attorneys, lawmakers, and citizens are weighing in on North Dakota’s new asset forfeiture law, offering cautious praise in some cases (“more protective” for people whose property might be taken) and criticizing it in others (“a sham”). The law, which came into effect on August 1, 2019, mandates that forfeitures can only begin upon conviction, requires more proof in order for property to be forfeited, and demands reporting from the government agencies that carry out forfeitures. Representative Rick Becker, who is critical of the law, believes it doesn’t go far enough to protect citizens from governmental harm.