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You realize you can be arrested and held in jail before a trial right? That's exactly same thing as confiscating assets pending a trial.



You didn't mention a trial in your previous post, but rather a low standard of evidence to "make a claim". In that scenario, the burden of proof is on the victim of the property seizure rather than the accuser, which makes it different IMO.


The burden of proof in civil asset forfeiture trials (and there is a trial) is still on the plaintiff. It is not on the victim.


False, at least in the US. The government's case is considered to be against the property, not against you. The standard of legal proof is a preponderance of evidence, not beyond a reasonable doubt. "Assets [are only] returned if [the] owner proves [his/her] innocence". See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_forfeiture_in_the_United... for details.


"preponderance of evidence" is still a burden on the plaintiff. It's just a lower standard than "beyond a reasonable doubt".


In practice in the United States it's been shown to present little to no burden. These cases have been widely covered in the press. Again, see the link.


only for a short period of time before getting to address a judge


That's actually not true at all. You can be held in jail for months pending completion of a trial depending on your ability to make bail and the seriousness of the crime in question.




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