When arrested, the police may take one's property for four reasons:
1. They can take property for safekeeping because it is valuable, like money, a car, cell phone, jewelry, or clothing.
2. They can take property for forfeiture because they believe that it was used or obtained in the course of criminal activity.
3. They can take it as evidence of a crime.
4. They can take what they believe is contraband.
This folder contains information on the financial consequences of criminal conviction, including seizure of property and the subsequent and often mandatory surcharges and fees.
» Further information on posting bail and bail refunds can be found in the Links/Get Help section.
When All Else Fails, Fining the Family: First Person Accounts of Criminal Justice Debt
Frequently Asked Questions: Property Retrieval
Financial Consequences of Conviction (Feerick Center for Social Justice)
Property Return Procedures (The Bronx Defenders)
New York's Newly Increased Mandatory Surcharges and Crime Victims Assistance Fees (Center for Community Alternatives)
How Do I Get My Stuff Back? Regaining property from the New York City Police Department (Legal Aid Society)
NYC Financial Justice Hotline (Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project)
Request letter for DA's Release for seized property (The Bronx Defenders)