New Hampshire

Law Grade
State Law Evasion Grade  Final
New Hampshire


Forfeiture Law
New Hampshire civil forfeiture laws do not adequately protect the rights of property owners.  Prosecutors must prove only by a mere preponderance of the evidence that your property is related to a crime and thus subject to forfeiture.  Once established, the burden rests on you to raise an innocent owner defense, effectively making you guilty until proven innocent.  Law enforcement has a profit motive to pursue forfeitures because they directly keep 45 percent of the proceeds.  Another 45 percent of the proceeds go to a state forfeiture fund, while the remaining 10 percent accrues to the state health and human services department.  New Hampshire officials are supposed to track the amount of forfeiture activity, but they failed to respond to requests for information about the state forfeiture program.


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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Freedom of Information Data
No Data Available; Required to Collect, But Did Not Respond to Request

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