impounded car

can the legal owner of a car redeem it if some w/o a driving license gets it towed away?

Asked on June 12, 2009 under Criminal Law, California


B. B., Member, New Jersey Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

If the car was only impounded because there was no licensed driver to move it from the public roads, then redeeming the car should just be a matter of paying for the impound fees, towing and storage, assuming that the registration, tags and insurance are all current.

However, if the car is being held for evidence, in charges against the person who was driving it, or if the car was being used by that person for some criminal activity, it might not be so easy.  If it takes more than a large enough check or money order to get the car back, it's time to call a lawyer.  One place to find qualified attorneys is our website,

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