To borrow from a well-known phrase, "the winds of change" are blowing in Washington, D.C., and in a manner entirely unrelated to winter's passing.
Myriad studies and statistics that have been released in recent years reveal quite starkly that the United States is a nation that has a prison-first mentality and concomitant criminal law policy based heavily on long-term punitive sanctions.
We recently referenced a long-time federal government program that allowed for the summary seizure of individuals' personal property in the absence of any guilt showing.
You might have never heard of the now defunct federal Equitable Sharing program, but that's OK: It likely wouldn't have benefited you in the event you became personally involved with it.
If you're an ardent proponent of legalized pot in Florida, don't hold your breath.
When most of us think about criminal consequences, we probably imagine probation or time spent behind bars. However, one of the key consequences of a guilty verdict for a drug crime has little to do with being locked up. The fact is that the government can enforce criminal asset forfeiture against defendants in large-scale cases. Federal asset forfeiture is seen as particularly serious, as such high-level legal proceedings are generally reserved for the most serious violations.