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When police and prosecutors use civil forfeiture to take property that they believe has been involved in criminal activity, there is not much that property owners can do to fight back—even if they did nothing wrong. Police and prosecutors do not need to convict—or even charge—someone with a crime to take their property through civil forfeiture.

The U.S. and Michigan Constitutions protect the rights of property owners. Detroit and Wayne County are violating these rights by imposing excessive forfeitures without due process.

If you have lost your car or other property to civil forfeiture through no fault of your own, contact the Institute for Justice. We may be able to help.

PC: Detroit Forfeiture

  • *Residency within Wayne County is not a requirement for being a client.

The Institute for Justice aims to curtail, and ultimately, abolish civil forfeiture, one of the gravest abuses of power in the country today. Unlike criminal forfeiture, which takes property from convicted criminals, under civil forfeiture, property owners do not have to be convicted of a crime, or even charged with one, to permanently lose their cash, cars, businesses or even their homes.