The power of the Government to seize assets has been increased exponentially with this decision. Assets may now be seized prior to a trial and will significantly reduce a citizen’s ability to hire competent counsel. The NH Constitution provides greater protections than the US Constitution and there are still statutory protections afforded to NH citizens, but this decision will put pressure on law enforcement to be even more aggressive about seizing assets.
Asset seizure is a huge part of funding the war on drugs. This decision will allow the government even more power to coerce, railroad and cajole citizens into pleading guilty.