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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.

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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)

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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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A total of 29 generalized tonic-clonic seizures (stage 5 and 6 seizure intensity) were analyzed out of 42 seizures recorded from two rats.
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* Indicated as monotherapy for partial onset and primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures in patients 10 years of age and older; adjunctive therapy for partial seizures in adults and pediatric patients 2-16 years old; adjunctive therapy in primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures in adults and pediatric patients 2-16 years old and seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome in patients 2 years of age and older
"Across the studies, statistically significant risk factors for sudden unexplained death in epilepsy were a high number of generalized tonic-clonic seizures, poly-antiepileptic drug therapy, high seizure frequency, and young age at epilepsy onset," she said.
(levetiracetam, UCB Inc.) The FDA approved a new indication for Keppra (levetiracetam) tablets and oral solution, for adjunctive treatment of primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures in patients 6 years and older.
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It is indicated for both primary monotherapy and adjunctive therapy for intractable complex partial seizures and secondarily generalized tonic-clonic seizures and for adjunctive therapy in Lennox Gastaut syndrome.
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At the age of nine weeks, the infant had generalized tonic-clonic seizures. Upon admission, the blood glucose level was 2.0 mmol/L with a simultaneous serum insulin level of 32.4 mIU/L.
In June, the FDA also granted the company approval for a supplemental New Drug Application for Qudexy XR (topiramate) extended-release capsules for use as initial monotherapy in patients age 2 and older who are experiencing partial-onset seizures or primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures. Qudexy capsules, the company notes, are the only once-daily extended-release topiramate product to have received this expanded indication and to be approved for administration by sprinkling their contents onto soft food, which makes the drug a useful option for young children who may have difficulty swallowing whole capsules or tablets.

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