Vehicle Forfeiture & Torgelson

Vehicle Forfeiture & Torgelson

An interesting attempt to combat a vehicle forfeiture.  In this case, the vehicle was to be forfeit due to a First Degree DUI conviction.  But, the defense claimed that due to the value of the vehicle, there was a real-property homestead-exemption.  An interesting argument that the conciliation court agreed with, but the district court rejected.  

I will agree that the Torgelson v. Real Property argument at least made it an interesting fight.  But I'm not surprised that they lost.

A12-0217        Matthew Roy Nielsen, petitioner, Appellant, vs. 2003 Honda Accord, Respondent.

Hennepin County District Court, Hon. George F. McGunnigle.

The motor-vehicle exemption provision, Minnesota Statutes section 550.37, subdivision 12a (2010), does not preclude or limit a prosecuting authority from executing a forfeiture action to seize a repeat drunk driver's motor vehicle used to commit a designated offense under Minnesota Statutes section 169A.63, subdivision 1(e) (2010), or require the state to pay him the value of the forfeited vehicle.

Affirmed.  Judge Kevin G. Ross.

By: Landon J. Ascheman, Esq.
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