Civil asset forfeiture reform
proposal signed into law
Gov. Mary Fallin has signed
Senate Bill 1113, which would allow the
recovery of attorney fees by those who have
unjustly had their assets seized through
the civil asset forfeiture process. The
measure was authored by Sen. David Holt,
R-Oklahoma City, and Rep. Randy Grau, R-Edmond.
"This is a positive step in reforming
civil asset forfeiture, as it will encourage
those who have had their assets unjustly
taken to fight back," Holt said.
Holt noted that some individuals who felt
their assets were unjustly seized may not
have fought to have them returned because
they could not afford to hire a lawyer.
With the passage of this reform enabling
the recovery of attorney fees, some lawyers
may look at the merits of a particular case
and be more willing to take such individuals
on as clients.
Grau applauded the governor for signing
SB 1113 into law.
“I want to thank Governor Fallin for
supporting this important legislation, which
helps protect the civil and private property
rights of Oklahomans,” Grau said.
Civil asset forfeiture has been a topic
of much conversation over the past year
following the introduction of reform proposals
by Senator Kyle Loveless, R-Oklahoma City.
Just this week, The Washington Post featured
a case of a Christian band having $53,000
seized in Muskogee County without clear
evidence of wrongdoing. The money was returned
as soon as the article was published.
The new law will go into effect on November
For more information, contact:
Sen. Holt: (405) 521-5636