Cops will no longer be able to keep property and cash seized in drug cases when there is no criminal conviction in Minnesota.
The new measure, signed into law May 6, 2014, requires prosecutors to return the property if there is no criminal conviction associated with the seizure, according to a Star Tribune article.
The law will go into effect Aug. 1, 2014. Until then, police or sheriffs can keep property, vehicles and cash seized in drug cases or drive-by shootings, regardless of the outcome of the criminal case. If a suspect is found not guilty, they can still lose their property in civil court unless they are able to prove it was not involved in a crime.
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