Indiana Code section 34-24-1 allows the police to seize vehicles, money and other items if the police believe these items were “proceeds from criminal activity” or “used to facilitate a violation of a criminal statute”. The police can even seize your car if someone else uses it to transport controlled substance for the purpose of attempting to distribute those controlled substances. These items can be confiscated by police and held without even seeking judicial approval for up to 180 days before the State must file with a court if they intend to keep the property permanently. Depending on the facts of the case, you may even have the burden of proof to establish money you possessed was acquired through legitimate means. There are steps you can take to speed up this process and defenses available to help you get your property back.
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