Q: Do officers have to release my intellectual property (images) after car is impounded? Can they hold them from me?
I was pulled over for having a license plate light out and issued a DUI. I was not arrested but car was towed and impounded, and later searched. I have contacted them several times about getting my hard drives and computer out of the car because I am a professional photographer and I'm already losing money, both physically by paying back clients for not having their images and also potentially by canceling shoots and clients. I was never given the chance for a post storage hearing and didn't get issued the notice at all they have 48 hrs to send by certified mail. They will not allow me to have my intellectual property until I pay the impound fee which is $600 due to them towing the car from the town I got pulled over in to another town over 60 miles away. I cant pay the fee until I have the images or my photographic equipment which were all in the car also. That is my means of making money. There is upwards of $10000 of equipment in the vehicle that had nothing to do with the DUI.
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