2015 Georgia Code
§ 9-16-6 - Seizure of property

GA Code § 9-16-6 (2015) What's This?

(a) Property subject to forfeiture may be seized by any law enforcement officer of this state or any political subdivision thereof who has power to make arrests or execute process or a search warrant issued by any court having jurisdiction over the property. A court issued warrant authorizing seizure of property subject to forfeiture may be issued on an affidavit demonstrating that probable cause exists for its forfeiture or that the property has been the subject of a previous final judgment of forfeiture in the courts of the United States. The court may order that the property be seized on such terms and conditions as are reasonable.

(b) Property subject to forfeiture may be seized without process if probable cause exists to believe that the property is subject to forfeiture or the seizure is incident to an arrest or search pursuant to a search warrant or to an inspection under an inspection warrant.

(c) The court's jurisdiction over any civil forfeiture proceeding shall not be affected by a seizure in violation of the Constitution of Georgia or the Constitution of the United States made with process or in a good faith belief of probable cause.

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