Often times drug charges are followed by forfeiture proceedings. Forfeitures are important not only to someone who is charged with a drug offense, but also members of the family who own property that is forfeited.
In drug cases, police officers may seize property upon process issued by any court of common pleas having jurisdiction over the property or without process if:
-the seizure is incident to an arrest or a search under a search warrant
-the property subject to seizure has been the subject of a prior judgment in favor of the Commonwealth in a criminal injunction or forfeiture proceeding under this chapter
-there is probable cause to believe the property is dangerous to the health or safety, or
-there is probable cause to believe the property has been used or is intended to be used in violation of the controlled substance act.