(a) At the commencement of or during any prosecution under this chapter, any state’s attorney or his designee may file or cause to be filed in the official records of any town clerk or other appropriate official within this state or in the official records of any other state a CORA lien notice. No filing fee shall be required for the filing of such notice in this state.

Terms Used In Connecticut General Statutes 53-399

  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • Docket: A log containing brief entries of court proceedings.
  • Lien: A claim against real or personal property in satisfaction of a debt.
  • Partnership: A voluntary contract between two or more persons to pool some or all of their assets into a business, with the agreement that there will be a proportional sharing of profits and losses.
  • Probable cause: A reasonable ground for belief that the offender violated a specific law.

(b) The CORA lien notice shall be signed by a state’s attorney and shall set out the following information:

(1) The name of the defendant; the notice may include any aliases or fictitious names under which the defendant may be known and may also name any corporation, partnership or other entity that is either controlled by or entirely owned by the defendant;

(2) To the extent then known by such state’s attorney, the present residence and business address of the defendant;

(3) A statement that a prosecution under this chapter has been commenced against the defendant, the name of the judicial district in which such case is pending, the name of the case, and, to the extent then known by such state’s attorney, the docket number of the proceeding;

(4) A statement that the notice is being filed pursuant to this chapter;

(5) The name of the state’s attorney who is bringing the proceeding and the address of his office; and

(6) A description of the appropriate property of the defendant which the state’s attorney has probable cause to believe is subject to forfeiture under this chapter.

(c) A CORA lien notice shall apply only to one person and, to the extent applicable, to any associated aliases, fictitious names or other names, including names of corporations, partnerships or other entities as provided in subdivision (1) of subsection (b) of this section.

(d) The state’s attorney shall, as soon as practicable after the filing of each CORA lien notice, furnish to the defendant either a copy of the recorded notice or a copy of the notice with a notation thereon of the office or offices in which the notice has been recorded. The failure of the state’s attorney to so furnish a copy of the notice under this subsection shall not invalidate or otherwise affect the notice.

(e) The filing of a CORA lien notice creates, from the time of its filing, a lien in favor of the state on the property therein described of the defendant named in the notice as provided in subdivision (1) of subsection (b) of this section.

(f) The lien shall commence and attach as of the time of filing of the CORA lien notice and shall continue thereafter until expiration, termination or discharge pursuant to § 53-400. The lien created in favor of the state shall be superior and prior to the interest of any other person in the property acquired subsequent to the filing of the notice.

(g) The filing of a CORA lien notice shall not affect the use to which the property to which it pertains may be put or the right of the defendant to receive any avails, rents or other proceeds resulting from the use and ownership but not the sale of such property, unless and until a judgment of forfeiture is rendered.