(a) A CORA lien notice shall be effective during the pendency of any criminal prosecution commenced under this chapter and all appellate proceedings related thereto; provided that where a judgment of forfeiture is rendered a CORA lien notice shall be effective until the recording or filing of such judgment pursuant to § 53-402.
Terms Used In Connecticut General Statutes 53-400
- Appellate: About appeals; an appellate court has the power to review the judgement of another lower court or tribunal.
- Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
- Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
- Lien: A claim against real or personal property in satisfaction of a debt.
- oath: shall include affirmations in cases where by law an affirmation may be used for an oath, and, in like cases, the word "swear" shall include the word "affirm". See Connecticut General Statutes 1-1
- Probable cause: A reasonable ground for belief that the offender violated a specific law.
- Testimony: Evidence presented orally by witnesses during trials or before grand juries.
(b) The state’s attorney filing the CORA lien notice may release in whole or in part any CORA lien notice or may release any specific property from the CORA lien notice upon such terms and conditions as he may determine. Any release of a CORA lien notice executed by the state’s attorney shall be filed in the official records in which the CORA lien notice to which it relates has been filed. No charge or fee shall be imposed for the filing of any release of a CORA lien notice in this state.
(c) At any time after a CORA lien notice has been filed by a state’s attorney or his designee pursuant to this chapter, the defendant or any state’s attorney may, by motion to the court in which such action is pending, seek a discharge or modification of such notice.
(1) The clerk shall, upon the filing of such motion, immediately set a date for hearing, which date shall be not less than five nor more than ten days after the motion has been filed, and shall notify the parties thereof. At the hearing, the court shall determine whether there is probable cause to believe (A) that any property owned by the defendant is covered by the CORA lien notice; and if so, (B) that such property or any additional property not yet covered by such notice but sought by the state to be included therein is subject to forfeiture under this chapter. The state shall bear the burden of proof at such hearing and may present to the court affidavits, testimony under oath, or other evidence that would establish such probable cause. The defendant may appear and be heard on the issue. If the court concludes that, based on the evidence, there is no probable cause to believe that any property or a portion thereof, which is covered by the CORA lien notice is subject to forfeiture under this chapter, it shall discharge the CORA lien notice or shall modify such notice so that it applies only to the property which there is probable cause to believe is subject to forfeiture under this chapter.
(2) At the hearing set forth in subdivision (1) of this subsection, the court may release from the CORA lien notice any property, upon the posting by the defendant of such security as is equal to the value of the property owned by such defendant.
(3) The court shall release from the CORA lien notice any specific property if a sale of the property is pending and the filing of the notice prevents the sale of the property; provided, the proceeds resulting from the sale of the property shall be deposited with the clerk of the court, subject to the further order of the court.
(4) The proceeds of any sale transacted pursuant to subdivision (3) of this subsection and any security posted pursuant to subdivision (2) of this subsection shall be subject to forfeiture under this chapter to the extent that the property to which they relate otherwise would have been subject to forfeiture.