2007 ORS 475A.126¹
Distribution of forfeited property or proceeds by state

(1) The provisions of this section apply only when the forfeiting agency is the state.

(2) Except as otherwise provided by intergovernmental agreement and this section, a forfeiting agency may:

(a) Sell, lease, lend or transfer forfeited property to any federal, state or local law enforcement agency or district attorney.

(b) Sell forfeited property by public or other commercially reasonable sale and pay from the proceeds the expenses of keeping and selling the property.

(c) Retain forfeited property.

(d) With written authorization from the district attorney for the county in which the property was seized, destroy any forfeited firearms or controlled substances.

(3) The forfeiting agency shall distribute forfeiture proceeds as follows:

(a) Costs shall be paid first, including costs, disbursements and attorney fees as defined in ORCP 68 A and special expenses, including the provision of lawful currency, incurred by any seizing or forfeiting agency in investigating and prosecuting a specific case. The forfeiting agency may pay expenses of servicing or maintaining the seized property under ORS 475A.045 (Status of seized property) (3) under the provisions of this paragraph. The forfeiting agency may not pay expenditures made in connection with the ordinary maintenance and operation of the seizing or forfeiting agency under the provisions of this paragraph. Any amount paid to or retained by the Department of Justice under this paragraph shall be deposited in the Criminal Justice Revolving Account in the State Treasury. Any amount paid to or retained by the Oregon State Police under this paragraph shall be deposited in the State Police Account.

(b) After payment of costs under paragraph (a) of this subsection, the forfeiting agency shall:

(A) Deduct an amount equal to 10 percent of the proceeds and deposit that amount in the Illegal Drug Cleanup Fund established by ORS 475.495 (Illegal Drug Cleanup Fund) for the purposes specified in ORS 475.495 (Illegal Drug Cleanup Fund) (5);

(B) Deduct an amount equal to three percent of the proceeds, not to exceed $50,000 in a biennium, and deposit that amount in the Asset Forfeiture Oversight Account established by ORS 475A.160 (Asset Forfeiture Oversight Account) for the purposes specified in ORS 475A.155 (Asset Forfeiture Oversight Advisory Committee);

(C) Deduct an amount equal to 20 percent of the proceeds and deposit that amount in the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission Account established under ORS 137.662 (Oregon Criminal Justice Commission Account) for disbursement to drug court programs as described in ORS 3.450 (Drug court programs); and

(D) Deduct an amount equal to 10 percent of the proceeds and deposit that amount in the State Commission on Children and Families Account established by ORS 417.733 (State Commission on Children and Families Account) for disbursement to relief nurseries as described in ORS 417.788 (Relief nurseries).

(c) If the forfeiting agency has entered into an intergovernmental agreement with a political subdivision under ORS 475A.115 (Equitable distribution of property or proceeds), or has entered into an agreement with any other law enforcement agency of the state relating to distribution of forfeiture proceeds, after paying costs under paragraph (a) of this subsection and making the deductions required by paragraph (b) of this subsection, the forfeiting agency shall pay an equitable portion of the forfeiture proceeds to each agency participating in the seizure or forfeiture as provided by the agreement.

(d) After making all payments and deductions required by paragraphs (a) to (c) of this subsection, the forfeiting agency shall distribute the remaining proceeds as follows:

(A) If no law enforcement agency other than the Department of Justice participated in the seizure or forfeiture, the remaining proceeds, and proceeds received by the Department of Justice under paragraph (c) of this subsection, shall be divided between the Criminal Justice Revolving Account and the Special Crime and Forfeiture Account established by ORS 475A.130 (Special Crime and Forfeiture Account) according to the following schedule:

(i) One hundred percent of the first $200,000 accumulated shall be deposited in the Criminal Justice Revolving Account.

(ii) Seventy-five percent of the next $200,000 shall be deposited in the Criminal Justice Revolving Account and the balance in the Special Crime and Forfeiture Account.

(iii) Fifty percent of the next $200,000 shall be deposited in the Criminal Justice Revolving Account and the balance in the Special Crime and Forfeiture Account.

(iv) Twenty-five percent of the next $200,000 shall be deposited in the Criminal Justice Revolving Account and the balance in the Special Crime and Forfeiture Account.

(v) One hundred percent of all additional sums shall be deposited in the Special Crime and Forfeiture Account.

(B) If no law enforcement agency other than the Department of State Police participated in the seizure or forfeiture, the remaining proceeds, and proceeds received by the Department of State Police under paragraph (c) of this subsection, shall be divided between the State Police Account and the Special Crime and Forfeiture Account according to the following schedule:

(i) One hundred percent of the first $600,000 accumulated shall be deposited in the State Police Account.

(ii) Seventy-five percent of the next $300,000 shall be deposited in the State Police Account and the balance in the Special Crime and Forfeiture Account.

(iii) Fifty percent of the next $200,000 shall be deposited in the State Police Account and the balance in the Special Crime and Forfeiture Account.

(iv) Twenty-five percent of the next $200,000 shall be deposited in the State Police Account and the balance in the Special Crime and Forfeiture Account.

(v) One hundred percent of all additional sums shall be deposited in the Special Crime and Forfeiture Account.

(4) Forfeiture proceeds distributed under subsection (3)(d) of this section may be used only for:

(a) The purchase of equipment necessary for the enforcement of laws relating to the unlawful delivery, distribution, manufacture or possession of controlled substances;

(b) Cash for use in law enforcement activities;

(c) Drug awareness and drug education programs offered in middle schools and high schools; and

(d) The expenses of a forfeiting agency in operating joint narcotic operations with other forfeiting agencies pursuant to the terms of an intergovernmental agreement, including paying for rental space, utilities and office equipment.

(5) A forfeiting agency shall sell as much property as may be needed to make the distributions required by subsection (3) of this section. Distributions required under subsection (3)(b) of this section must be made once every three months and are due within 20 days of the end of each quarter. No interest shall accrue on amounts that are paid within the period specified by this subsection.

(6) The forfeiting agency, and any agency that receives forfeited property or proceeds from the sale of forfeited property, shall maintain written documentation of each sale, decision to retain, transfer or other disposition of the property or proceeds.

(7) Forfeiture counsel shall report each forfeiture to the Asset Forfeiture Oversight Advisory Committee as soon as reasonably possible after the conclusion of forfeiture proceedings, whether or not the forfeiture results in an entry of judgment under ORS 475A.110 (Judgment of forfeiture). The committee shall develop and make available forms for the purpose of reporting forfeitures.

(8) Law enforcement agencies shall supply to forfeiture counsel all information requested by forfeiture counsel necessary for the preparation of the report required by subsection (7) of this section. [2001 c.780 §38; 2005 c.830 §§37,38]

Chapter 475A

Notes of Decisions

Civil forfeiture pro­ceed­ing under this chapter is not sufficiently crim­i­nal in nature to bar on state or federal double jeopardy grounds later pros­e­cu­­tion for prohibited con­duct that justified forfeiture. State v. Selness/Miller, 334 Or 515, 54 P3d 1025 (2002)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 475A—Civil Forfeiture, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­475a.­html (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 475A, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­475aano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
 
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