Santa Rosa, CA asked in Criminal Law and Small Claims for California

Q: Is it legal for rental service to hold your belongings if you owe them money?

They came and towed her rental car with her stuff her daughters and new born baby. They will not give her her stuff until fees are owed. Is this legal?

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David Michael Lehr
David Michael Lehr
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Ventura, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: It is probably civil, not criminal.

I am not a civil attorney, but I think that they cannot hold the property.

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Palm Desert, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: this is not a criminal issue, but rather civil.

if they towed your car for parking in the wrong place and you wanted the tow yard to return a pen in the glove box, do you think they would do that????

they are using it as leverage to get you to come up with the money to get your car which is running up "mucho" dollars daily in storage fees.

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