Release of seized property; petition to stay release. (SB224)

Introduced By

Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax) with support from co-patron Del. Dave LaRock (R-Loudoun)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Release of seized property; petition to stay release. Provides that any property seized shall be released to the owner or lienholder within one year from the date of seizure unless an information has been filed against the property or the attorney for the Commonwealth files a petition to stay the release of such property. The bill provides that such petition shall allege that the property seized is an integral part of an investigation and that such property cannot be returned without jeopardizing such investigation. The bill provides that the owner or lienholder may file a response to the petition within 30 days of the filing of such petition and that, if a response is filed, the Commonwealth must prove by a preponderance of the evidence that the property is an integral part of an investigation. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/03/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18101669D
01/03/2018Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/05/2018Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (12-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2018Committee substitute printed 18106590D-S1
02/05/2018Rereferred to Finance
02/07/2018Continued to 2019 in Finance (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
11/30/2018Left in Finance