After A DUI Arrest: Car Impound Fees

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When a person is arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, their life changes dramatically. A DUI conviction means you will have your driving privileges takes away for about 3 years. Additionally, a person convicted of DUI will receive numerous fines, and may or may not serve jail time. Before the police pass out any fines or convictions, a driver might face other penalties a driver may face. The police might impound the car. This post will discuss what happens to a car after a DUI arrest.

If You Are Lucky

When placing you under arrest for DUI, the police have the option of allowing a family member or friend to drive the car home. In other cases, the police may park the vehicle in a legal spot for you and allow a sober driver to take it home. This is all of course due to the fact that the driver did not commit additional crimes. If the driver crashed, killed someone, driving uninsured, or with an expired or suspended license the police will impound the car. 

Not So Lucky

If the police impound your car, you’ll be looking at steep storage fees. First, the police will call a tow truck, which you will pay for. When the tow driver drops your car off at the impoundment lot, there will be a storage fee to pay. Unless the police allow you or another person with your permission to get the car quickly, the storage fees will pile up. As the days go by the storage fees go up, meaning a DUI destroys your finances. In the worst-case scenario, you may never get your car back and the police can file a civil forfeiture if you commit additional crimes listed before. In that case, your vehicle will be auctioned off.