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.