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The loss of property, usually money, due to a violation of civil law, for example, a traffic regulation or municipal ordinance violation.
State Bar of Wisconsin. “News Reporters’ Legal Handbook”, 6th Ed. (2013)
Forfeiture is defined as a court order requiring the defendant to give the government an item connected to the crime. Property commonly forfeited includes cars, planes, or weapons used in a crime, and money, animals, or goods gained by the crime.
Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. “Women’s Legal Rights Handbook” (2015)
Another definition of forfeiture is the deprivation of a person of his or her property as a penalty for some act or omission.
Parlee McLaws LLP. “Glossary Of Common Financial and Legal Terms”, 4th ed.
The loss of money or property resulting from failure to meet a legal obligation or from the illegal nature or use of the money or property.
National Center for State Courts. “Glossary of Commonly Used Court & Justice System Terminology”, Rev. 2/8/11 (2011)
The giving up of property without compensation.
Missouri Press-Bar Commission. “News Reporter’s Legal Glossary” (2009)
When a person must give up money or property because he or she didn't meet a legal obligation.
California Superior Court. “English Legal Glossary” (2005)