Car Seizure | DWI/DUI Attorney | Raleigh Durham North Carolina

Car Seizure

The seizure of a vehicle will occur where the accused was driving on a revoked license and either was revoked for a previous Driving While Impaired/Driving Under the Influence (DWI/DUI) charge or was without liability insurance. The seizure will remain in effect for at least 10 days after the arrest. The offender will have to pay impoundment fees (towing plus storage). The car may be released at that time to another owner of the motor vehicle in the judge’s discretion so long as: 1) all fees involving impoundment have been paid, 2) the vehicle has been seized for not less than 24 hours, 3) a bond equal to the fair market value of the vehicle has been secured and executed, and 4) the register of deeds shows no acknowledgement by the other owner that the accused should not be allowed to drive. If the Defendant contends that his or her license was not revoked at the time, he may seek a pretrial hearing concerning the validity of his license. The car may also be released to a lienholder. See N.C.G.S. 20-28.2, .3, .4.