Can my boyfriend be arrested for taking a car that has his name on the title?

The title to the car has my boyfriend and his mother’s names on it. His sister took out a loan that does not have his name on it. Because his sister does not want to pay her own loan, she is threatening to have his mother report the car stolen to satisfy the loan. Will the police even entertain the idea of arresting him? His sister claims the loan company will not come to us out of state to repossess the car. I believe she is lying but the loan company will not speak with him. How can we get them to take the car because she’s not co-operating?

Asked on July 22, 2012 under Bankruptcy Law, Georgia

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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If your boyfriend is one of the people in whose name the vehicle is in, under the law he should not be able to be arrested let alone convicted of a car that under the law he owns due to title documentation.

It seems as though the sister is trying to perpetrate a fraud as to the lender and the insurance carrier for the vehicle. If your boyfriend does not want possession of the vehicle, he should call the lender for the vehicle and arrange for the car to be picked up and taken away from where it is presently located.


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