Signed by the Governor: Virginia Law Requires Strict Asset Forfeiture Reporting; First Step Toward Reform

RICHMOND, Va. (April 11, 2018) – Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has signed a bill into law implementing reporting requirements for all asset forfeitures in the state, including cases passed off to the federal government. The bill takes the first step that could lead to substantive reforms. 

Sen. Mark Peake (R) and Sen. Adam Ebbin (D) sponsored Senate Bill 813 (SB813). The new law requires any state or local agency that receives property or a share of proceeds from asset forfeiture from the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services or from a federal asset forfeiture proceeding to produce a report including the offense on which the forfeiture is based, any criminal charges brought against the owner of the forfeited asset, the status of the criminal charge if any were filed. The law also requires the Department of Criminal Justice to produce an annual report compiling all of the information.

In February, the Senate passed SB813 by a 40-0 vote. Last month, the House approved the measure 98-0. With Gov. Northam’s signature, the law will go into effect July 1.

Although SB813 doesn’t reform Virginia asset forfeiture laws, it does lay a foundation to do so in …

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