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How Do I Get My Vehicle Back After a DUI Charge?

If you’re vehicle has been impounded by police, either because of a DUI arrest or other reason, one of the most difficult and frustrating issues, is to find out where your vehicle is being held, and how to go about getting it back. 

It needs to be done as soon as possible, because the company holding your vehicle will charge a daily “storage” fee for each day the vehicle is on their lot, in addition to the tow fees you’ll have to pay to get the vehicle returned to your possession. The storage fees can accumulate to more than the tow fees in a short time.

If you are facing any DUI charges, contact The Defenders. Our firm has represented numerous DUI cases in Las Vegas. We have the experience and knowledge to help you with your case, as well as provide you with important information about getting your vehicle back.

Understanding Impoundment

When a vehicle is impounded by police, it means that they have taken physical control of the vehicle and moved it to a different location. This can happen for various reasons such as illegal parking, expired registration, or being involved in a crime.

In the case of a DUI charge, the arresting officer may impound your vehicle if they believe it is not safe for you to continue driving. This could be due to evidence of intoxication or if your license is suspended or revoked. In such cases, the impoundment serves as a safety measure to prevent further harm.

When Can My Vehicle Be Impounded?

Vehicles may be impounded when one or more of the following takes place:

  • DUI arrest
  • After a vehicle accident
  • Arrest for unauthorized speed contest (street racing)
  • Arrest for drugs or firearms in vehicle
  • Illegally parked cars (some No Parking zones are scheduled…make sure you retrieve your car before the No Parking schedule goes into effect)

Steps to Get Your Vehicle Back

  1. Find out where your vehicle is being held: This information should be given to you at the time of the arrest. If not, you can contact the police department or check with local towing companies.
  2. Pay the necessary fees: As mentioned before, there will be tow fees and daily storage fees that need to be paid in order to retrieve your vehicle.
  3. Provide proof of ownership: You will need to provide documentation that proves you are the owner of the vehicle. This could be a valid registration, title, or other form of identification.
  4. Follow specific procedures: Depending on the reason for impoundment, there may be additional steps you need to take in order to get your vehicle back. For example, if it was impounded due to illegal parking, you may need to obtain a release from the police department first.
  5. Retrieve your vehicle: Once all fees and requirements have been met, you will be given access to retrieve your vehicle from the impound lot.

How Do I Find My Vehicle After an Impound?

Each local police department may have different impound locations and you will need to call the department with jurisdiction to get instructions for that locality. Metro and other police agencies in Clark County report impounds to AutoReturn.com. Most impounds in Clark County may be found by checking this site.

Where Are the Impound Lots?

There are three tow companies in Las Vegas who impound vehicles, and each company has their own lot in different parts of town. The companies and locations of the main impound lots are as follows:

  • Quality Towing – 4100 E Cheyenne, Las Vegas NV 89115. To retrieve a vehicle held by Quality Towing, call (702) 649-5711
  • Ewing Brothers – 1200 A Street, Las Vegas NV 89106. To retrieve a vehicle held by Ewing Brothers, call (702) 382-9261
  • Fast Towing – 2201 N Commerce St, Las Vegas NV 89102. To retrieve a vehicle held by Fast Towing, call (702) 383-3278

Each company will inform you of what forms of payment they accept, and the total impound fee required to retrieve your vehicle. You will need to provide some proof of ownership, usually vehicle registration papers, and a photo ID. 

If the vehicle is not retrieved within a limited number of days, the tow companies are authorized to auction the vehicle. Your vehicle insurance company may cover at least of portion of the towing fees, although probably won’t pay the daily storage fees.

The Defenders Represents Those Arrested for DUI

The immediate aftermath of a DUI arrest can be disorienting and confusing. 

In addition to being arrested and taken to jail, getting bailed out, and then being without a vehicle due to impoundment at the time of the arrest, can present an unfamiliar set of circumstances with which most people are unprepared to deal. 

At a time like this, it is important to have an advocate on your side who can advise you of what needs to be done in order to preserve your rights, and to assist in retrieving your property. The lawyers of The Defenders can act as this kind of advocate for you if you have been arrested for DUI or some other criminal charge. Call our office today at (702) 333-3333.

What The Defenders Can Do For You:

  • Investigate your case to determine all facts and circumstances surrounding the alleged crime
  • Determine whether there was police error or misconduct, or you are being falsely accused
  • Go over the strengths and weaknesses of your case with you to give you an idea of how your case will stand up in court
  • Inform you of all the legal options available to you
  • Offer guidance, support and sound legal advice throughout the entire legal process
  • Work towards getting your charges reduced or dismissed if possible
  • Provide you with quality representation in court

Don’t face a DUI charge alone. Contact The Defenders for experienced and dedicated legal assistance. Our team will fight for your rights and help guide you through this difficult time. Your vehicle may be impounded, but with our help, we can work towards getting it back in your possession. Contact our office today for a free consultation and let us defend you against any criminal charges you may be facing.

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