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If my house is only in my wife's name can the United States

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If my house is only in my wife's name can the United States Federal Government confiscate my wife's house because I, the husband, was (is) growing marijuana on the property ?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Chris T., JD replied 1 year ago.

Hello. I'll be happy to assist you.

Does she know you are growing marijuana there?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I believe she does but has not witnessed it.
Expert:  Chris T., JD replied 1 year ago.

That is an important question. If she's not aware, then she's an "innocent owner," and the government cannot take the property of an innocent owner. Similarly, if you were renting the house and the landlord didn't know you were growing marijuana, then they couldn't take the house. However, if the government can prove that she was aware and living there, then she's no longer an innocent owner and they could take the house.