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Separate Forfeiture Proceedings are Possible

Even if you win a Krimstock hearing, the police department may still decide to bring a "forfeiture proceeding." This is because the Krimstock hearing, also called a "car retention hearing" is only about whether the police can "retain" or hold the car while they decide whether to bring a forfeiture proceeding. If the police win a forfeiture proceeding in state court, you will lose ownership of the car permanently.