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Section 28.35.037. Remission of forfeitures

§ 28.35.037. Remission of forfeitures

(a) Upon receiving notice from the court of the time and place set for a hearing under AS 28.35.036, the state shall provide to every person who has an ascertainable ownership or security interest in the motor vehicle, aircraft, or watercraft written notice that includes

(1) a description of the motor vehicle, aircraft, or watercraft;

(2) the time and place of the forfeiture hearing;

(3) the legal authority under which the motor vehicle, aircraft, or watercraft, may be forfeited;

(4) notice of the right to intervene to protect the interest in the motor vehicle, aircraft, or watercraft.

(b) At the hearing, a person who claims an ownership or security interest in the motor vehicle, aircraft, or watercraft, must establish by a preponderance of the evidence that

(1) the petitioner has an interest in the motor vehicle, aircraft, or watercraft, acquired in good faith;

(2) a person other than the petitioner was convicted of the offense that resulted in the forfeiture; and

(3) before parting with the motor vehicle, aircraft, or watercraft, the petitioner did not know or have reasonable cause to believe that it would be used in the commission of an offense.

(c) If a person satisfies the requirements of (b) of this section, the court shall order that an amount equal to the value of the petitioner’s interest in the motor vehicle, aircraft, or watercraft be paid to the petitioner, or the court shall order that the motor vehicle, aircraft, or watercraft be released to the petitioner together with title to the motor vehicle, aircraft or watercraft.

(d) Forfeiture of a motor vehicle, aircraft, or watercraft under AS 28.35.036 is without prejudice to the rights and does not extinguish the claims of a creditor with an interest in the motor vehicle, aircraft, or watercraft.


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