Vehicle impounding occurs when the police or other authorities seize your vehicle and hold it for a set amount of time, usually requiring a steep fine to be paid before it is released. If you are arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI) in Rhode Island, your car may be towed from the site of the arrest and impounded, leaving you temporarily without a car. Having your vehicle impounded can significantly hinder your mobility.
Vehicles are typically impounded for more serious DUI cases, such as when a repeat offender is arrested or when a drunk driver causes an accident. The length of time a vehicle will be impounded will depend on the situation. In some instances, the police may keep your vehicle indefinitely and even sell it. While this penalty is usually reserved for the most severe of DUI offenses, having your vehicle impounded for any amount of time can be a major inconvenience.
If you have been arrested for DUI and have had your vehicle impounded, consider consulting with a DUI defense attorney immediately. A DUI defense lawyer can negotiate the terms of the impounding and may be able help you avoid the situation altogether if your family has no other means of transportation. Between the daily holding fees and the towing charge, vehicle impounding can be very costly. Hiring a lawyer to help early on could save you time and money throughout the court process.
For assistance with your DUI case, including help with requesting release of your impounded vehicle, don’t hesitate to contact experienced Rhode Island DUI attorney Matthew Marin today at 401-287-4384.