Asset Forfeiture in Des Moines
Police departments steal money and property. They call it "asset forfeiture." If the State is trying to steal your stuff, you need an Iowa asset forfeiture lawyer.
“Iowa law enforcement agencies had collected more than $55 million and more than 4,200 vehicles since 1986 using the state's forfeiture law.” - Des Moines Register
The Iowa Forfeiture Reform Act, Chapter 809A, governs forfeitures of this type.
Who Is Subject to Asset Forfeiture?
If you have an interest in property that is within the State of Iowa at the time a forfeiture notice is filed, that property is subject to forfeiture and can be seized -- even if you aren't in Iowa
Additionally, if you're subject to "personal jurisdiction" in Iowa, Iowa can take property that you own or have an interest in, even if that property isn't in Iowa.
Why Are They Seizing My Assets?
- Drugs, controlled substances, raw materials, precursors, counterfeit substances, etc., that were manufactured, distributed, dispensed, possessed, or acquired illegally under Iowa law.
- Any property, including land and including your house, that was part of or intended to be part of an illegal exchange.
- Any property, including land and including your house, that was "used or intended to be used in any manner or part to facilitate conduct giving rise to forfeiture" is subject to asset forfeiture.
- Exception: they can't steal real property because of drug possession under 124.401(5).
- Proceeds (such as money) from the crime.
- Weapons that were possessed, used, or available for use to facilitate the crime.
- Property that has nothing to do with the crime at all, up to the value of other property related to the crime that they could have taken.