Seizure

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Seizure

Forcible possession; a grasping, snatching, or putting in possession.

In Criminal Law, a seizure is the forcible taking of property by a government law enforcement official from a person who is suspected of violating, or is known to have violated, the law. A Search Warrant usually must be presented to the person before his property is seized, unless the circumstances of the seizure justify a warrantless Search and Seizure. For example, the police may seize a pistol in the coat pocket of a person arrested during a Robbery without presenting a warrant because the search and seizure is incident to a lawful arrest. Certain federal and state laws provide for the seizure of particular property that was used in the commission of a crime or that is illegal to possess, such as explosives used in violation of federal law or illegal narcotics.

In the law of civil practice, the term refers to the act performed by an officer of the law under court order when she takes into custody the property of a person against whom a court has rendered a judgment to pay a certain amount of money to another. The property is seized so that it can be sold under the authority of the court to satisfy the judgment. Property can also be seized if a substantial likelihood exists that a defendant is concealing or removing property from the jurisdiction of the court so that in the event a judgment is rendered against her, the property cannot be used to pay the judgment. By attaching or seizing a defendant's property, the court prevents her from perpetrating a Fraud on the courts.

seizure

n. the taking by law enforcement officers of potential evidence in a criminal case. The constitutional limitations on seizure are the same as for search. Thus, evidence seized without a search warrant or without "probable cause" to believe a crime has been committed and without time to get a search warrant, cannot be admitted in court, nor can evidence traced through the illegal seizure. (See: search and seizure, search warrant, fruit of the poisonous tree)

See: adverse possession, apprehension, appropriation, arrest, arrogation, assault, disseisin, forfeiture, garnishment, infringement, levy, occupation, onset, plunder, possession, sequestration, taking

SEIZURE, practice. The act of taking possession of the property of a person condemned by the judgment of a competent tribunal, to pay a certain sum of money, by a sheriff, constable, or other officer, lawfully authorized thereto, by virtue of an execution, for the purpose of having such property sold according to law to satisfy the judgment. By seizure is also meant the taking possession of goods for a violation of a public law; as the taking possession of a ship for attempting an illicit trade. 2 Cranch, 18 7; 6 Cowen, 404; 4 Wheat. 100; 1 Gallis. 75; 2 Wash. C. C. 127, 567.
     2. The seizure is complete as soon as the goods are within the power of the officer. 3 Rawle's Rep. 401; 16 Johns. Rep. 287; 2 Nott & McCord, 392; 2 Rawle's Rep. 142; Wats. on Sher. 172; Com. Dig. Execution, C 5.
     3. The taking of part of the goods in a house, however, by virtue of a fieri facias in the name of the whole, is a good seizure of all. 8 East, R. 474. As the seizure must be made by virtue of an execution, it is evident that it cannot be made after the return day. 2 Caine's Rep. 243; 4 John. R. 450. Vide Door; House; Search Warrant.

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The findings of this study indicated that caraway oil was more potent in delaying myoclonic and clonic seizures and more effective in protecting animals from PTZ-induced death than was the aqueous extract of caraway.
Simple Partial No first aid necessary unless seizure becomes convulsive; the first aid as outlined for generalized tonic clonic seizures No immediate action needed other than reassurance and emotional support.
4 JME begins in the second decade of life with myoclonic jerks (MJ) and in most of patients generalized tonic clonic seizures (GTCS) are found.
Patients were ages 15 years or older with a minimal seizure duration of 30 minutes or more or successive generalized tonic clonic seizures without regaining consciousness in between.
Tonic clonic seizures are usually associated with epilepsy, causing falls and convulsions, however there are other types.
Seizures occur as unilateral clonic seizures repeating frequently or lasting for two hours-two days without interruption and do not recur.
Films from the following four behaviors were recorded: starting time of clonic seizures after injection of Primphos (second), Generation time of death after Primphos injection (second), mortality after injection of Primphos (persentage) and type of seizures induced by injection of Primphos (percentage).
Here, we describe a patient who developed tonic clonic seizures due to Theophylline toxicity, having ceased smoking 2 weeks earlier.
Out of 28 cases with ICSOL, 11 cases [40%] presented with simple partial seizures [SPS], 11 cases [40%] had complex partial seizures (CPS) and 6 cases [20%] had generalized tonic clonic seizures [GTCS].
4%) had myoclonic jerks along with generalized tonic clonic seizures and four (6.