Forcibly Rescuing Seized Property Law and Legal Definition

Forcibly Rescuing Seized Property is a federal crime. According to 18 USCS § 2233, rescue of seized property means whoever forcibly rescues, dispossesses, or attempts to rescue or dispossess any property, articles, or objects after the same shall have been taken, detained, or seized by any officer or other person under the authority of any revenue law of the United States, or by any person authorized to make searches and seizures, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.

In order for a person to be found guilty of forcibly rescuing seized property the government must prove: someone authorized to do so under the law had seized property; the person knew that the property had been seized by one authorize to do so under the law; and the defendant forcibly retook the property without the consent of the government.

Here, 'forcibly' is not limited to proof of force against persons, although includes any force that enables the defendant to retake the seized property.