How do I get my truck back if someone took it, crashed it and fled, and the police are now holding it until they find individual?

My truck was taken from my driveway without my knowledge. It was wrecked

and impounded. The deputy says it was because my exboyfriend was driving

on suspension. He wasn’t even around when the incident occurred. The truck

is in my name alone. The police say that since the truck has his name and number on a sign it shows ownership. They refuse to release the hold until he

turns himself in for charges he didn’t do.

Asked on November 24, 2018 under Criminal Law, Tennessee

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

The police are wrong, but to get it back from them you will have to prove they are wrong in court: that is, you will have to sue the police for the return of your truck, and in the lawsuit, prove (e.g. by title, registration, etc.) that you are sole owner. Suing for a court order (as opposed to money in a small claims suit) is more complicated, and suing the police increases the complexity yet. It is unlikely a non-lawyer will be successful. Hire a lawyer to help you; or if the value of the truck is not worth hiring an attorney, you are probably better off letting the police hold the truck for now and buying/leasing yourself a new vehicle in the meantime.


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