Can the police impound and hold my car even if there are no charges filed against me?

I dropped my car off to get it worked on and the shop it was was vandalism that night. My car was parked next to it. The next thing Iknow my car was impounded and has a hold on it due to a investigation. I was out of town and have proof of it but they say that I had something to do with it, just because of my past.

Asked on December 5, 2011 under Criminal Law, Michigan

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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Yes, law enforcement can place an impound upon your vehicle as a product of an investigation that it is conducting where a crime occurred even though there are no actual charges filed against you at this time. Many times belongings of people who are not suspects in a crime are held by law enforcement pending the completion of their investigation in the event that the article impounded may be evidence.

If you want your vehicle back sooner rather than later, I would contact law enforcement at least once a week as to the status of getting the car back from impound.


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