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What Should I Do After My Car is Towed?

Car TowingSo, you were arrested for a DUI. Now what?

First off, your car was most likely towed and impounded after your arrest. This is an unfortunate reality of being charged with a DUI. Since you were deemed unfit to be operating a vehicle, your car was taken. Someone else may have been available to pick up your car, but this is not allowed.

Having your car taken from your possession can be frightening, in addition to the penalties and consequences associated with being arrested or charged with a DUI.

In the state of Washington, impoundment is mandatory when someone is arrested for a DUI.

What does it mean to have your car impounded?

Having your car impounded means that your car was taken to a lot after your arrest, and there is a possibility of the car being sold at auction if you do not pay your impound fees and get your car out after a certain period of time.

There is a law in place in the state of Washington, which makes it mandatory for police officers to send a person’s vehicle to an impoundment lot for at least 12 hours.

Because your car was impounded and you have been arrested, that does not necessarily mean that you will be charged. It’s important that you contact an experienced DUI attorney as soon as possible.

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Getting your car back

The police officer should give you information about getting your car back, or the lot in which your car was sent will send you information about your car’s whereabouts, costs, etc.

There are fees associated with having your car impounded, which may total up to $1,000.

Can you receive reimbursement for the fees associated with getting your car towed?

If your attorney works to discover that you were wrongfully arrested you may be able to recover towing and impound fees. It is uncommon however to prevail at a hearing challenging the impound.tact an attorney you trust.

It’s crucial for you to contact an attorney in these situations because there may be underlying evidence that can prove your innocence. Work with an attorney you trust.

Being charged with a DUI in Tacoma, Washington can be terrifying. If you find yourself in this situation, please contact the attorneys at The Law Offices of Barbara A. Bowden as soon as possible.

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