Scary Story: Vehicle Impounded After Being Borrowed?

What happens if your friend or spouse borrows your car, gets an extreme DUI, and gets your vehicle impounded? Will you be without a car for the next month?

Lucky for you, the answer is “No.” If someone gets an extreme DUI while they are driving someone else’s car, the owner can retrieve it from the towing company’s storage facility. You will have to go to the police station in the city where the DUI occurred to sign an Agreement of Operation, and present a valid driver license, vehicle registration, and proof of insurance to get your vehicle back. If your spouse was using your vehicle when he or she was arrested for an extreme DUI, you will have to sign an agreement stating that you will not allow your spouse to drive the vehicle without a valid driver license. Your spouse’s license will be suspended for 90 days, but your spouse may apply for a restricted driving permit to restore some driving privileges 30 days after the suspension began.

When you reclaim your car, you will also be responsible for paying all the fees to get the vehicle released. You must pay an administrative fee at the police station and the fees for towing and storage at the towing company. Since you were not responsible for the impoundment, you may require your friend who got the DUI to reimburse you for these costs. If your friend refuses to pay, you can file a civil lawsuit against them (most likely in small claims court) to get your money back.

If you or someone you know has been charged with a DUI or Drug related DUI, contact the Arizona criminal defense lawyers at Oracle Law Group Office P.C. for assistance with your criminal case.