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Section: Revision or inclusion of referendum acts in Revised Statutes; effect

Statute: 12:7A-17

a. Any marine equipment or vessel seized by the director, the State Marine Police Force or any law enforcement officer for failure to provide evidence of ownership as required by law or regulation, shall be held by the director, the State Marine Police Force or law enforcement agency, as the case may be, not longer than 90 days until the certificate of number, or certificate of ownership, or documentation papers have been produced to the satisfaction of the officer or person so seizing and taking possession of the marine equipment or vessel. If the documents have not been produced after seizure, the director, the State Marine Police Force or law enforcement agency, as the case may be, may collect any transportation fees or recover the expenses that were incurred in storage of the marine equipment or vessel. The director may prescribe a schedule of storage fees where the storage, including necessary liability coverage, is performed by a State facility. After 90 days, the marine equipment or vessel shall be sold at public auction, and the proceeds deposited in a special fund as hereinafter provided. b. Except for marine equipment missing a manufacturer's serial number, the director may prescribe by regulation a time period before the marine equipment is seized. The director may also prescribe procedures permitting constructive seizure of marine equipment. c. Whenever any marine equipment alleged to be stolen comes into the custody of the director, the State Marine Police Force or any law enforcement agency, as the case may be, the officer or person so seizing and taking possession of the marine equipment shall proceed as provided in chapter 65 of Title 2C of the New Jersey Statutes. d. Neither the director, the State Marine Police Force, nor any law enforcement officer or agency shall be liable for any action taken pursuant to this act regarding the seizure of vessels. Neither the director, the State Marine Police Force, nor any law enforcement officer or agency shall be liable for any remaining lien or security interest held in the marine equipment. The remaining lien or security interest shall be the sole obligation of the person who obtained the lien or interest. L. 1984, c. 152, s.17; amended by L. 1987, c. 138, s. 8.

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