Jackson, MS asked in Municipal Law for Mississippi

Q: I was working on a burned house on private property on which I had permission to be. Did county police have right to tow

I had a warrant in Lee County. Was not driving. Truck was parked

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A: In Mississippi, if you were on private property with permission and not in violation of any visible parking or trespassing laws, the circumstances under which law enforcement can tow your vehicle might typically be limited. However, if there was an outstanding warrant for your arrest in Lee County, law enforcement officers may have broader discretion to take actions they deem necessary in relation to enforcing the law, including towing a vehicle if it's associated with the individual named in the warrant. The specific legality of towing your vehicle under these circumstances would depend on several factors, including the reason the police were on the property, if the vehicle was involved or potentially involved in a crime, or if it was considered evidence. Without driving or engaging in illegal activity at the time, the justification for towing might hinge on the specifics of the warrant or other extenuating circumstances.

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