A DUI arrest and conviction can change a person’s life dramatically. The result of a DUI conviction means you will have your driving privileges takes away for about 3 years. Additionally, a conviction means of DUI the person receives numerous fines, and may or may not serve jail time. Before the courts pass down any fines or convictions, a driver faces impoundment and towing fees. The police call a tow truck and impound the car. This post will discuss what happens to a car after a DUI arrest.
If You Are Lucky
When the police place a person under arrest for DUI, they have options regarding the vehicle. Sometimes the police allow a family member or friend to drive the car home or give you a chance to call someone who can. In other cases, the police park the vehicle in a legal spot for you and allow a sober driver to take it home later. This is only possible if the driver did not commit additional crimes while driving drunk. Had the driver crashed, killed someone, driving uninsured, or with an expired or suspended license the police will impound the car.
Not So Lucky
In the event that the police do impound the car, the driver will be looking at steep storage fees. The police will call a tow truck, which you will pay for. When the tow driver drops your car off at the holding lot, the driver will pay 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.