In Re Matter of the Forfeiture of one 1970 Chevrolet, 166 Wn.2d 834

Peter Mazzone

Case Conclusion Date:September 3, 2009

Practice Area:Civil Rights

Outcome:Change in vehicle forfeiture law

Description:Owners of forfeited vehicles argued cars could not be forfeited unless they had actual knowledge of use of car. Court of Appeals, Division I disagreed holding that for innocent owner exception to hold, objective standard of knowledge was sufficient. Washington Supreme Court disagreed, and sided with owners holding that the innocent owner exception as related to the vehicle forfeiture statute requires subjective actual knowledge.