The Vermont Statutes Online
Conservation and Development
PENALTIES AND ENFORCEMENT
4522. Unclaimed evidence
Notwithstanding chapter 14 of Title 27, upon final disposition of a charge
relating to a violation of this part, a person shall reclaim and remove his or
her property seized as evidence of the violation from the fish and wildlife
warden or officer in possession of the property, or risk forfeiture of the
property as provided in this section.
(b) At any time
after the final disposition of a charge relating to a violation of this part,
the commissioner may serve notice upon the defendant, stating that the property
shall be forfeited unless the defendant reclaims and removes the property
within 60 days of receipt of written notice.
notice may be delivered personally or by certified mail. If notice is provided
by mail, notice shall be deemed received three days after mailing by the
department. Written notice that is mailed shall be sent to the defendant at the
address indicated on the citation on which the seizure was based.
unclaimed after 60 days from the date of receipt of notice shall be forfeited
to the state and, at the discretion of the commissioner, may be destroyed, sold
or donated to a governmental entity, nonprofit organization or children's camp.
(e) If the state
has knowledge that the seized property is owned by a person other than the
defendant and the state wishes to dispose of the property, the state shall make
a reasonable attempt to identify the owner and provide notice to that person in
accordance with subsections (b) and (c) of this section.
(f) A person
claiming to be the bona fide owner of the seized property who is not the
defendant may provide evidence of ownership to the fish and wildlife warden or
officer in possession of the property, and, if satisfied that the person is the
bona fide owner, the warden or officer shall release the property to such
(g) After final
disposition of a charge related to the seizure of the property, if the owner of
the seized property is unknown, the commissioner may publish notice twice, 14
days apart, in a newspaper of general circulation in the county where the
evidence was seized. The notice shall include a description of the property,
and if known, the date when the property was seized and the place where the
property was seized. The notice shall state that the property is in the
possession of the commissioner, and that claims should be directed to the
commissioner. If no person claims the property within 60 days of the date of
the first publication of notice, the property shall be forfeited to the
commissioner. At the discretion of the commissioner, the property may be
destroyed, sold or donated to a governmental entity, nonprofit organization or
(h) This section
shall not apply to property seized as evidence of a violation of sections 4304,
4513, 4606, or 4747 of this title.
realized from property that the commissioner has sold under this section shall
be deposited in the fish and wildlife fund. (Added 2001, No. 80 (Adj. Sess.), §
1, eff. April 17, 2002.)