Asset Forfeiture FAQs

What is asset forfeiture?
The seizure of assets by the federal government.

Does asset forfeiture occur in criminal or civil cases?
Both.

Who or what liquidates property that is seized under asset forfeiture laws?
The U.S. Marshals Service is responsible for liquidating property that is seized and forfeited by Department of Justice agencies. The U.S. Department of Treasury is responsible for liquidating properties seized by Treasury agencies.