Santa Fe suspends DWI forfeiture program

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Santa Fe is putting its DWI forfeiture program on hold. 

Last week, the State Court of Appeals ruled state law was intended to allow only criminal – not civil forfeiture – in any jurisdiction in the state. 

A city ordinance allowed them to seize people’s cars even if they had not been convicted of a crime. 

Earlier this year, a federal judge ruled the program was illegal, and that it violated a car owner’s due process after a woman sued the city of Albuquerque after her car was confiscated. 

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