2016 Colorado Revised Statutes
Title 16 - Criminal Proceedings
Code of Criminal Procedure
Article 13 - Special Proceedings
Part 3 - Abatement of Public Nuisance
§ 16-13-314. Disposition of forfeited real property
(1) In an action to abate a class 1 public nuisance, if the court finds that such class 1 public nuisance exists and that the same has been conducted, used, or maintained by the owner of a building, place, or any real property seized and closed as a class 1 public nuisance, or that the nuisance has been conducted, used, or maintained by any person with the actual knowledge and consent of the owner, a permanent order of abatement shall be entered as a part of the judgment in the case. The order of abatement shall direct the sheriff to sell such building or place and the ground upon which such building or place is situate or any other real property, to the extent of the interest of such owner therein, at public sale in the manner provided for sales of property upon execution. In no event shall real property that is neither proceeds of nor part of the same lot or tract of land used for the public nuisance act that was the underlying subject matter of the public nuisance action, be subject to seizure and forfeiture, excepting access and egress routes.
(2) The proceeds of such sale shall be applied in the same manner and priority as enumerated in section 16-13-311 (3).
(3) It is the intent of the general assembly that moneys allocated to a seizing agency pursuant to subsection (2) of this section shall not be considered a source of revenue to meet normal operating needs.
(4) If more than one seizing agency was substantially involved in effecting the forfeiture, the agencies shall enter into a stipulation with regard to costs incurred by the agencies and the percentage of any remaining proceeds to be deposited for the benefit of the agencies. Upon the filing by such agencies of such stipulation with the court, the court shall order the proceeds so distributed. If the agencies are unable to reach an agreement, the court shall take testimony and equitably distribute the proceeds.
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