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To lose to another person or to the state some privilege, right, or property due to the commission of an error, an offense, or a crime, a breach of contract, or a neglect of duty; to subject property to confiscation; or to become liable for the payment of a penalty, as the result of a particular act. To lose a franchise, estate, or other property, as provided by the applicable law, due to Negligence, misfeasance, or omission.

This nonconsensual deprivation transfers the property to another person or restores it to the original grantor.

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v. to lose property or rights involuntary as a penalty for violation of law. Example: the government can take automobiles or houses which are used for illegal drug trafficking or manufacture. A drug pusher may forfeit his/her car (property) if caught carrying drugs in it and found guilty. A parent may have to forfeit his/her house if his/her daughter is selling drugs from the house, even though the parent had nothing to do with and no knowledge of the drugs. One may have to forfeit one's driver's license or lose driving privileges due to multiple traffic violations or drunk driving. (See: forfeiture)

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Oversight of Federal Asset Forfeiture: Its Role in Fighting Crime, Senate Hearing 106-673.
"Guilty Property: A Quantitative Analysis of Civil Asset Forfeiture." American Journal of Criminal Justice, 21, 1996, 61-81.
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"A generation ago in America, asset forfeiture was limited to wresting ill-gotten gains from violent criminals.
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A representative of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, Jarrett Skorup, also provided insight on civil forfeiture in Michigan after the event.
In order to address the IRS' position with respect to forfeitures, defined contribution plan documents should address how forfeitures will be applied and the necessity to use them in the current plan year.
The failure to use forfeitures in accordance with the timing rules described above could be viewed as a plan qualification issue, either as an operational error-i.e., failure to comply with the terms of the plan-or a failure to comply with a qualification requirement.
Judicial proceedings to enforce these forfeitures could take
that their forfeitures could be enforced qui tam, through actions
The results of our analysis show that forfeiture can be used effectively, in combination with more standard tools (fining or imprisoning offenders), as a deterrent under certain conditions, but the risk of overuse is real.