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View Full Version : When can you impound a vehicle?


Nightmare
12-21-04, 03:08 PM
When can you impound a vehicle? Can you impound it only if there is evidence in the vehicle or if the vehicle itself is the evidence? Is their certain traffic infractions you can impound a vehicle for?


scott715us
12-21-04, 03:12 PM
When can you impound a vehicle? Can you impound it only if there is evidence in the vehicle or if the vehicle itself is the evidence? Is their certain traffic infractions you can impound a vehicle for?

All of the above. We can tow/impound your vehicle for various driving charges, criminal charges, unpaid tickets, etc. Any criminal charge involving like driving on suspended license. I can tow it after citing you for DOSL, Driving w/o a license, etc. The evidence issue is definitely a "yes." We will not release the vehicle until done processing it.

You also have to consider drug charges as well. If the local (or federal) agency involved believes your vehicle was bought with drug money, it's gettin seized. ;)

samseed101
12-21-04, 03:38 PM
As scott stated, they can be impounded for any of the above. A common reason would be drugs. If drugs are found in the vehicle, it can be impounded. I can't speak for other states, but in Maine, they can impound the vehicle for any amount of drugs found.


Group9
12-21-04, 04:27 PM
Federally, we can seize a vehicle under Title 21 (drugs) if:

1. It is proceeds of a drug crime (purchased with drug money),

2. Used to facilitate a drug crime (carrying drugs, or any use in furtherance of a drug crime, even just transportation to a meeting where the sale of drugs, or any business related to the sale of drugs is discussed)

3. As evidence in a drug related case (if this is the only reason it is seized, you will get it back eventually).

JD45
12-21-04, 04:35 PM
There is a wide gammet of reasons your car could be impounded in CA. Is there something specific you're looking for? Otherwise, there is really too many to list.

marchaa
12-21-04, 08:15 PM
The one I impound for the most is expired or revoked registration. But any of the reasons listed above would work.