In Connecticut, an individual’s property or cash may be forfeited by the state even if they have not been convicted or even accused of committing any crime. It’s called civil asset forfeiture. Civil asset forfeiture is different from criminal asset forfeiture, which requires the state to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a person has committed a crime before their property or cash can be forfeited. With civil asset forfeiture, no criminal conviction is required.
Infographic: It Is Time for Connecticut to Do Away With Civil Asset Forfeiture