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Chiaravalloti, Sumter & Pinkin Measure Revising Procedure for Forfeiture of Seized Property Signed Into Law

Aiming to limit the forfeiture of seized property in certain cases, an Assembly Democrat-sponsored bill revising when seized property can and cannot be forfeited if there are no related criminal charges or proven criminal culpability was signed into law Monday.

Upon the bill (A-4970) becoming law, Assembly sponsors Nicholas Chiaravalloti (D-Hudson), Shavonda Sumter (D-Bergen, Passaic) and Nancy Pinkin (D-Middlesex) issued the following joint statement:

“Far too often, individuals involved in cases of this nature face the onerous task of reclaiming their property in a system that can make doing so more expensive than the property itself. This measure is designed to ensure that, barring a criminal conviction, an owner can reclaim their property more readily and fairly.”