New York DWI Attorney Discusses Impounding Vehicles
As an experienced New York DWI Attorney I am often asked about vehicles getting impounded. Let’s say you’re arrested in New York City and you have a case now in Manhattan for a DWI or DUI. You’re driving your best friend’s car, your uncle’s car, your father’s car; it’s not registered to you. The police have the ability to impound that motor vehicle. There’s a whole discussion that we’re going to have later on with regard to car forfeiture. Very often, however, if you’re driving someone else’s car, the police will allow you to make a phone call to that owner of the motor vehicle to allow them to pick it up, and they won’t impound that car.
In my experience, I found that if someone’s arrested for a DWI, they’ll allow the owner of the motor vehicle to pick it up. However, I’ve had cases where family members have been driving their father’s car or their mother’s car, and they have impounded those cars, and even tried to forfeit those vehicles. That’s a whole other discussion. The impounding of a motor vehicle can happen no matter whose car you’re driving.
Has your vehicle been impounded as a result of a DWI that you or someone else received? If so, contact the experienced New York DWI Attorney Carl Spector.