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06-27-12, 09:49 AM
Ok so an officer pulled me over for a routine
Check but my license was in the house
Was it legal for him to take my car without
Actually checking the system ?
06-27-12, 11:07 AM
Probably, but you give so little detail that we really can't determine much based on what you have posted. By any chance is your drivers license revoked, suspended, or canceled? What state did this happen in? How did he take it? I rather doubt that he got in it and drove away. Did a tow truck arrive and bring it to an impound lot? Did you receive a citation? If so, perhaps you can tell us the charge(s) listed on the charging document. What are the terms and conditions of getting the vehicle back? Does it actually register to you? It is quite likely that at a minimum you would need a licensed driver and need to provide proof of insurance and current registration. Is there any chance any contraband was found in the car? Is there any chance a "friend" forgot his methamphetamines and pistol in the car?
06-27-12, 12:08 PM
Generally, the laws say that you have to have your license in your possession when you're driving the car. In Oregon, I could write a ticket for failure to produce driver's license even if you have one, but it's at home.
Bottom line is, the responsibility is yours, not the officer's.