This is great news for advocates of civil asset forfeiture reform! In a unanimous opinion, SCOTUS incorporates the Eighth Amendment’s excessive fines clause, which means it now applies to the states .
The next step in Virginia is to require a criminal conviction before your assets can be seized. Here in Virginia, police only needs ‘clear and convincing evidence’ of a crime before they can take your car. In 2016, Senator Petersen proposed an amendment to require a criminal conviction first before your car or other assets can be seized . But my opponent Bryce Reeves voted against it and the amendment failed.