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Why a Police Officer Will Impound Your Vehicle

First, you must be legally stopped and arrested for DUI.   If you are under 21 and there is alcohol in your system while driving or your blood alcohol content is above a .15, the officer may impound your vehicle for at least 30 days.

The officer, of course, must collect evidence prior to impounding your vehicle.  For the most part, an underage driver’s admissions that they were consuming alcohol prior to or while driving are a sufficient factual basis to allow the officer to impound the vehicle.   A reading of a .15 or more on a portable breath test is a sufficient factual basis to allow the officer to impound the vehicle.  A reading of a .15 or more on an Intoxilyzer  5000 or 8000 also provide sufficient factual basis for impoundment.  Unless you were at a hospital facility, it is unlikely that you will have blood results on the night of the arrest. However, a blood alcohol level over .15 may also serve as the factual basis for impoundment.

Your vehicle can be impounded for other reasons as well.  In addition to an extreme DUI, a super extreme DUI, or if you are under age 21 and driving with any amount of alcohol in your body, your vehicle can be impounded if your driving privileges are revoked , suspended, or if you have an accident while driving without insurance.

For example, you are stopped by an officer and your blood alcohol is .088 and the officer informs you that your driver’s license was suspended for failure to pay a traffic ticket. The officer may then impound your vehicle for 30 days.

If you or a loved one have been charged with a misdemeanor or felony DUI, it is important to have an experienced DUI attorney on your side.  At Oracle Law Group Office, P.C., we have veteran DUI attorneys who want to handle your case and guide you through this difficult time.  If you or a loved one has been charged with a DUI, every day counts.  Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.  At Oracle Law Group Office, we listen, we care, and we want to help.


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