Critics see more to do for North Dakota civil asset forfeiture law

The report compiling statewide data is the first of its kind in North Dakota, implemented under a 2019 law changing aspects of the state’s forfeiture proceedings. Among the changes, the law requires a higher standard of proof for forfeitures and a conviction to initiate forfeiture proceedings in court, with exceptions for death, deportation, disappearance, abandoned property and evidence beyond a reasonable doubt of a property’s criminal involvement.