Contra Costa, CA DA makes changes to civil asset forfeiture policy

Contra Costa County District Attorney Diana Becton has announced the formalization of a new policy for civil asset forfeiture cases within the DA’s Office. The move now makes an interim policy instituted in June 2019 permanent and applicable to the whole county.

Civil asset forfeiture cases are a civil procedure for law enforcement to seize cash and other property from suspects alleged to have connections to drug trafficking and sales.

According to the DA’s Office, the formalized policy encompasses a new threshold for cases, in that the amount seized must total at minimum $1,000 for her office to consider utilizing the civil asset forfeiture process. Under prior administrations, the amount seized could be as low as $500.