DUI Vehicle Impounds

utah-vehicle-impounds-attorney-david-laurence-altman-st-george-vehicle-impounds-lawyerIf you have been arrested for a DUI the police or highway patrol will impound your vehicle. That is state law. At a minimum you will be charged a $350.00 DUI impound fee to secure the release of your vehicle and most likely will also have storage and towing fees as well.

If the registered owner is present at the scene of the arrest, police and highway patrol officers can release the vehicle to that individual, but that is a relatively rare occurrence.

Impounded vehicles can only be released to the registered owner upon presentation of a picture ID, an individual with written authorization from the registered owner to retrieve the vehicle, a lien holder with proof that the lien has not been released or, in the case of a leased vehicle, an employee of the lease company with authorization to retrieve the vehicle.

 

§ 41-6a-527 Seizure and impoundment of vehicles by peace officers-Impound requirements-Removal of vehicle by owner-Forfeiture

(1) If a peace officer arrests, cites, or refers for administrative action the operator of a vehicle for violating Section 41-6a-502, 41-6a-517, 41-6a-518.2, 41-6a-520, 41-6a-530, 41-6a-606, 53-3-231, 53-3-232, or a local ordinance similar to Section 41-6a-502 which complies with Subsection 41-6a-510(1), the peace officer shall seize and impound the vehicle in accordance with Section 41-6a-1406, except as provided under Subsection (2).

    (2) If a registered owner of the vehicle, other than the operator, is present at the time of arrest, the peace officer may release the vehicle to that registered owner, but only if:

        (a) the registered owner:

            (i) requests to remove the vehicle from the scene; and

            (ii) presents to the peace officer sufficient identification to prove ownership of the vehicle or motorboat;

        (b) the registered owner identifies a driver with a valid operator’s license who:

            (i) complies with all restrictions of his operator’s license; and

            (ii) would not, in the judgment of the officer, be in violation of Section 41-6a-502, 41-6a-517, 41-6a-518.2, 41-6a-520, 41-6a-530, 53-3-231, 53-3-232, or a local ordinance similar to Section 41-6a-502 which complies with Subsection 41-6a- 510(1) if permitted to operate the vehicle; and

        (c) the vehicle itself is legally operable.

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