Fergus Falls, MN asked in Criminal Law for Minnesota

Q: Can law enforcement keep your vehicle even if you weren't in it?

I live in MN and my 39 year old son who doesn't live with me took my truck and ended up hitting a parked car (very little damage) leaving the scene, then out running the cops. Now they are telling me they can keep my truck, is this true? I knew nothing about it Thanks So Much PS They are saying it's because I'm not telling them where he is~I don't know

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William Bailey
William Bailey
Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Bloomington, MN
  • Licensed in Minnesota

A: It sounds like they are holding it as evidence possibly. You should have an attorney help you get to the bottom of this and help get the vehicle returned.

Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher
Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Licensed in Minnesota

A: Depending when that happened, they could be investigating it as evidence. On the other hand, if police have given a Notice of Seizure and Forfeiture be sure to get a lawyer to represent you to fight it within the short time limit for filing a court challenge. Either way, a lawyer may be able to help you get it back.

William Bailey agrees with this answer

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson
Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Rogers, MN
  • Licensed in Minnesota

A: There are two possibilities here. First, that they’re holding it as evidence and that you’ll eventually get the vehicle back. Second, that they are pursuing forfeiture. If so, there are time limits to object to forfeiture and you need to get an attorney on board ASAP, if you want any chance to get the vehicle back.

William Bailey agrees with this answer

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