Lancaster, CA asked in Constitutional Law, Municipal Law and Gov & Administrative Law for California

Q: Police just towed out cars for not being registered and they were parked in driveway. Is that legal?

Isn't the first time they've harassed us also what about constitutional rights?

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: Under California law, vehicles parked on private property, like a driveway, generally should not be towed for registration issues alone, unless they pose a safety hazard or violate specific local ordinances. It's important to review local municipal codes as they can vary and might have specific provisions regarding vehicle parking on private property.

Regarding harassment claims, if you feel your rights are being infringed upon, it's advisable to document these incidents and consider seeking legal counsel for guidance on potential civil rights violations.

The towing of vehicles for registration issues usually pertains to public roads and spaces, where unregistered vehicles can be considered a violation. However, the application of these laws can be nuanced, and specific circumstances can lead to different legal interpretations. It's recommended to consult with an attorney who can provide guidance based on the specific details of your situation.

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