Mandatory Vehicle Impoundment After a DUI Conviction
There are many immediate and serious consequences of a DUI arrest including a mandatory license suspension, and the requirement to complete DUI school just to get back to driving. In the event you have to swallow the pill and plea to a DUI charge, some of the requirements associated with a DUI conviction include the requirement of a vehicle impound for a short period. All DUI convictions carry with them a mandatory vehicle impoundment or immobilization for a minimum of ten days. In order to avoid this mandatory requirement your case would need to be reduced to something other than a DUI. This can be done by contacting an experienced Bradenton DUI lawyer.
In order to avoid expensive fees associated with having your vehicle towed or placed in an impound lot, you can opt to have your car immobilized at home instead. Immobilization is both a discreet and an economic feasible option for those who have been convicted of a DUI and looking for a cheaper alternative. A secure device is placed onto the steering wheel of your car for a period of time preventing your ability to drive the car. This option ranges from $50 to $150 for a 10-day period depending on the company issuing the device.
For a first DUI conviction, the vehicle involved in the crime or any one vehicle registered in the defendant’s name must be impounded or immobilized for a period of ten days. For a second conviction the impoundment or immobilization must be for a period of thirty days. For a third conviction, ninety days.
However, there are several loopholes an experienced DUI attorney in Bradenton, FL can avoid having your vehicle impounded or immobilized. Avoiding vehicle impoundment will save you money, time, and give you and anyone who needs it access to the vehicle to get to work, school, medical appointments, and other important engagements.
One defense to mandatory vehicle impoundment is that the car was owned but not operated by you at the time of the offense. If you can prove that your vehicle was stolen or that you bought it after the offense occurred, it would not be required to be impounded. Another defense to mandatory vehicle impoundment is if solely the defendant’s business or employees operate the vehicle. If the vehicle is the only possible transportation for employees, businesspeople, or family, the mandatory impoundment may be waived.
Perhaps the most common defense is that the vehicle is the only form of transportation available for the defendant and the defendant’s family. If you or someone you know has been charged or convicted with a DUI, seek out an experienced Bradenton DUI attorney who can help you fight the charges. Our team at Pallegar Law, P.A. can help you seek possible defenses to a DUI charge or a mandatory vehicle impoundment.
Call Pallegar Law, P.A. at 941-893-5816 if you or a loved one is charged with DUI in the Sarasota/Bradenton area to be connected to a knowledgeable and aggressive DUI attorney who can help you explore your options to avoid the mandatory vehicle impoundment.