The County Attorney handles civil forfeiture actions to take away vehicles, guns, money, and other property used in the commission of a crime or that represents proceeds of a crime.

Several different types of forfeiture actions have been authorized by the Minnesota Legislature with the goal of reducing crime, reducing the economic incentive to commit crime, and diverting unlawfully used property into law enforcement programs.

Impaired Operation

(M.S. 169A.63)
Minnesota’s impaired driving law provides a special forfeiture procedure applicable to motor vehicles and recreational vehicles (such as snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, and motorboats) used to commit certain alcohol-related traffic offenses.

Controlled Substance Crime

(M.S. 609.5314)
Items such as money, jewelry, motor vehicles, or firearms that are found near controlled substances or drug manufacturing equipment are subject to forfeiture.