(725 ILCS 5/124B-805)
Sec. 124B-805. Asset freeze or seizure; ex parte proceeding.
(a) Whenever it appears that there is probable cause to believe that any person used, is using, is about to use, or is intending to use property in any way that constitutes or would constitute an offense as defined in this Article, the Attorney General or any State's Attorney may make an ex parte application to the circuit court to freeze or seize all assets of that person. Upon a showing of probable cause in the ex parte hearing, the circuit court shall issue an order to freeze or seize all assets of that person. A copy of the freeze or seize order shall be served upon the person whose property has been frozen or seized.
(b) At any time within 30 days after service of the order to freeze or seize property, the person whose property was ordered frozen or seized, or any person claiming an interest in the property, may file a motion to release his or her property. The court shall hold a hearing on the motion within 10 days.
(c) In any proceeding to release property, the burden of proof shall be by a preponderance of evidence and shall be on the State to show that the person used, was using, is about to use, or is intending to use any property in any way that constitutes or would constitute an offense as defined in this Article. If the court finds that any property was being used, is about to be used, or is intended to be used in any way that constitutes or would constitute an offense as defined in this Article, the court shall order the property frozen or held until further order of the court. Any property so ordered held or frozen is subject to forfeiture under the procedures set forth in this Article.
(d) Upon the request of the defendant, the court may release property frozen or seized under this Section in an amount sufficient to pay attorney's fees for representation of the defendant at a hearing conducted under this Article.
(Source: P.A. 96-712, eff. 1-1-10.)
Last modified: February 18, 2015