What are my rights ifa check for unpaid parking tickets bounced?

My son got towed last year for unpaid parking tickets; it was at a college that he does not attend. My ex-husband decided to write a check for the amount of the ticket. I never knew that the check bounced because I am no longer with my husband. My son got towed again last week because they stated that the check was not paid. The college is now trying to make me pay $5 a day, plus the $714 in order to get the car back. If it is not paid in 30 days ($3200), they will dispose of the car. Is this legal?

Asked on September 6, 2011 under General Practice, South Carolina

Answers:

FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Under the laws of many states and municipalities, if a vehicle gets towed and the fee is not paid promptly, the ticket and tow fee remain the same but the storage fees continue on a day to day basis until paid in full.

Under state statute as well as local regulations if the accumulated fees for an impounded care are not paid in a timely manner, the vehicle that is impounded can be sold at auction to pay off the ticket, tow and storage fees.

Such procedures for an auction is legal.

I suggest you manage to find a way to pay off the accrued charges so you can get your vehicle back.

Good luck.


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