Ontario, CA asked in Personal Injury, Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Small Claims for California

Q: My car was impounded aug 10 I went to pick it up aug 17 and they tell me they released it to someone already?

My car was impounded once before for not being registered. I had no issues getting it out.. it’s my fault for not having it registered I understand that 100%. I went to aaa to register it the day after I bought it but they told me I would need to go to the dmv since it was a lien sale but first I needed to get the smog. It would not pass smog so I didn’t bother going to the dmv until I was able to get the car to pass smog.. long story short, the car was impounded a second time. This time when I went to get the car they say the released it already.. I looked at the ticket from when I was pulled over and I noticed The officer wrote down the wrong person as the registered owner.. I guess they notified that person so he went and registered the car in his name on aug 17 and on the same day picked the car up from the impound. The car was impounded aug 10 I went to the dmv and they said his name was never attached to the car until aug 17

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

A: more info is needed.

you just added new info.......that is why lawyers are reluctant to give advice via internet or phone.

if it was not registered you bear some culpability AND if you got a citation and did NOT notice it was to the wrong person, you have more culpability.

you may have to go after the guy who registered the car. Hopefully, you have a bill of sale???

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