Current Georgia law for civil asset forfeiture says that government entities can wait until criminal proceedings have concluded – but are not required to do so. Law enforcement goes through civil courts, which do not require appointed attorneys and the burden of proof is not as high as criminal courts. Additionally, individuals are required to prove the assets in questions were not part of any criminal activity, but if the criminal case is not concluded this can be difficult – particularly if an attorney is not on hand. 

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