In a recent Colorado Springs case, a man held a gun to the head of another. In that moment, the suspect had all the power. No one could control what he did next.
If you are convicted of a crime, the state government can seize property that was used to carry out the crime or that comprises the proceeds of the crime. A significant percentage of the proceeds from such seizures go into the coffers of law enforcement agencies, while a portion is given to local charities such as those providing drug treatment services.