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State Representative Joy San Buenaventura is taking on civil asset forfeiture laws in Hawaii. Buenaventura has been waiting nearly two years for the audit, which will help legislators move forward on possible changes to the state’s laws.

Hawaii has one of the worst civil asset forfeiture laws in the nation, according to the Institute for Justice, a non-profit libertarian, civil liberties, and public interest law firm that often takes on high-profile cases pro-bono.

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Law enforcement agencies nationwide rake in a considerable amount of money and property every year under civil forfeiture laws, depending on each state’s laws. Such laws are widely criticized, however, and are often targets of criticism for citizens and politicians alike. Police in Wisconsin have come under criticism recently for some potentially questionable civil asset forfeiture practices.

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What would have been a simple traffic stop in Wyoming turned into a nightmare as a Wisconsin man lost his entire life savings to asset forfeiture.

The man, Phil Parhamovich, was pulled over earlier in March of this year for a lane deviation and failure to use his seatbelt. After the stop was over, Parhamovich was down nearly $92,000. Many months later, he has won the money back in court.

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Wayne Natt of Longboat Key, Florida was arrested on September 29 for allegedly hiding cameras and microphones around his condo, which he rented on AirBnB. He reportedly recorded at least one of his tenants without their knowledge.

Natt is being charged with video voyeurism. It is unclear if he has acquired the services of an attorney.

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When it comes to civil asset forfeiture, you don’t have to be charged with a crime in order for your property to be seized. Depending on the circumstances, your property can slip away when you least expect it.

That’s exactly what happened to Gerardo Serrano as he crossed the U.S. border into Mexico late in 2015, when his truck was seized without any charges being brought against him.

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