Asset Forfeiture Law Update

Registrations are closed for this event
Date: Friday, June 1, 2018
Ends On: Friday, June 1, 2018
Time: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sycamore Police Department
535 Dekalb Ave.
Sycamore, IL
Instructor: Dant Foulk, A.S.A. Will County
Member's Fee: $0
Non-Member & Civilian Fee: $85

Asset Forfeiture law update - Complying with the July 1, 2018 mandatory changes in Illinois Asset Forfeiture Statutes

Sweeping changes were made to all of Illinois Asset Forfeiture statutes which will take effect July 1, 2018.  Notice requirements, filing deadlines, proof of service, seizure thresholds, awarding of property, and burdens of proof have all changed, and a new reporting requirement has been added. These changes impact how officers need to investigate cases in the field and how prosecutors litigate cases in the courtroom.  Law enforcement officers and prosecutors will need to change the way these cases are handled if Asset Forfeiture will be a component in any cases your agency investigates or prosecutes after July 1, 2018.

In part one of the course, we will review the changes in the new law as compared to the old law and we will discuss how to best implement the new statutory requirements and develop best practices to deal with the changes.  In part two of the course, we will discuss techniques for developing the financial component of your investigations to uncover more assets to apply the new law to and also develop methods to make Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering cases more winnable.  

We will explore various facets of financial and money laundering investigations, including money laundering, asset forfeiture, and uncovering financial leads. We will learn how to uncover, locate, document and seize drug proceeds, and add money laundering and conspiracy charges to a drug investigation.  We will discuss various financial crimes investigative techniques including FINCEN (Financial Crimes Enforcement Network) information, credit reports, bank and credit card records, merchant 8300’s, car dealer records, real estate and tax records, bankruptcy filings, and benefits applications.   

Asset Forfeiture is a valuable tool to law enforcement in the following areas: improving public safety by forfeiting the DUI and suspended driver’s car, taking away expensive vehicles and other assets from drug dealers, seizing bank accounts of criminals who commit check/credit card fraud and other financial crimes, forfeiting real property paid for with proceeds of mortgage fraud or any other crime where money is derived, and taking profits away from fencing groups.

This course will provide law enforcement officers and prosecutors an understanding of forfeiture law in Illinois and how to successfully incorporate the forfeiture component into criminal investigations and prosecutions.  After reviewing the legislative changes to applicable forfeiture statutes that take place July 1, 2018, the course will cover practical implementation of those statutes through real world examples.  Additionally, investigative techniques will be developed to make the forfeiture cases more winnable in court under the new statutory scheme.

This course will be useful for patrol officers; officers in specialized units such as narcotics, gangs or financial crimes; command staff; and agency policymakers. For those individuals who have already attended a forfeiture training, this course will broaden your ability to implement forfeiture law into your investigations and capture previously untouched assets of criminal enterprises.  


This course has been certified by the ILETSB and approved to meet the following mandates:
    ☒    Civil Rights            
    ☒    Constitutional & Proper Use of Law Enforcement Authority    
    ☐    Cultural Competency        
    ☐    Procedural Justice
    ☐    Human Rights            
    ☒    Law Updates
    ☐    Lead Homicide Investigator        
    ☐    Use of Force (must include scenario based/similar training)