Jun 27, 2016 2:51 PM

New Hampshire joins 10 other states by allowing civil forfeiture in drug-related convictions


New Hampshire has become the most recent state to require convictions when it comes to civil forfeiture in drug-related cases.

Gov. Maggie Hassan signed a bill Friday, making the Granite State the 11th state to require criminal convictions as a prerequisite in most forfeiture cases.

"Civil forfeiture is one of the most serious assaults on due process and private property rights in America today," said Institute for Justice Attorney Rob Peccola. "Under this new law, only convicted criminals - and not the innocent - will lose their property to forfeiture.”

By signing the legislation, New Hampshire also becomes the eighth state to have reformed their forfeiture laws this year.

Since 2014, more than a dozen states and D.C. have reformed their forfeiture laws.

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