Forfeiture of property used in connection with the commission of crimes; finding of guilt required. (HB1522)

Introduced By

Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church) with support from co-patrons Del. Nick Freitas (R-Culpeper), and Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Forfeiture of property used in connection with the commission of crimes; finding of guilt required. Requires that any action for the forfeiture of property used in connection with the commission of a crime be stayed until the person whose property is the subject of the forfeiture action has been found guilty of the crime authorizing the forfeiture, regardless of whether he has been sentenced. The bill provides that property may be forfeited even though no finding of guilt is made if (i) the forfeiture is ordered by the court pursuant to a plea agreement or (ii) the owner has not submitted a written demand for the return of the property within 21 days from the date the stay terminates. This bill incorporates HB 225. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/09/2020Presented and ordered printed 20104679D
01/09/2020Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/17/2020Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
01/27/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (7-Y 1-N)
01/31/2020Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (16-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2020Committee substitute printed 20106992D-H1
01/31/2020Incorporates HB225 (Freitas)
02/04/2020Read first time
02/05/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1522H1)
02/05/2020Read second time
02/05/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20106992D-H1
02/05/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1522H1
02/06/2020Read third time and passed House (97-Y 1-N)
02/06/2020VOTE: Passage (97-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/07/2020Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
02/24/2020Reported from Judiciary (14-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2020Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
03/02/2020Reported from Finance and Appropriations (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2020Read third time
03/05/2020Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/12/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1522ER)
03/12/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB1522ER)
03/12/2020Signed by Speaker
03/12/2020Signed by President
03/17/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 17, 2020
03/17/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
04/09/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 1000 (effective 7/1/20)
04/09/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1000)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 55 seconds.

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB225.


Mike A. writes:

Please vote in favor of this common sense bill.

Ronald N Quasebarth writes:

That this isn't obvious is sad. Please vote yes.