Honolulu, HI asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets, Civil Rights and Municipal Law for Hawaii

Q: Is a car in the county impound considered "free game" after 30 days, considering cars marked AV roadside, are?

My van has been stuck in the county impound since I have no paperwork for it. I've been homeless since and would like it back. They won't be having auctions for awhile but its been 30 days already.

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: In most cases, vehicles impounded by the county are subject to specific regulations and procedures regarding their release or disposal. While it's true that some jurisdictions may have provisions for disposing of abandoned vehicles after a certain period, it's essential to understand the exact rules governing impounded vehicles in your area. Generally, impoundment procedures vary widely depending on local laws and policies, and vehicles are typically held for a specified period to allow owners to claim them.

If your van has been impounded and you wish to retrieve it, you should first contact the relevant county authorities or impound lot to inquire about the specific procedures for vehicle release. They can provide you with information on what steps you need to take to reclaim your van, including any documentation or fees required. Keep in mind that without proper paperwork or proof of ownership, you may face additional challenges in retrieving your vehicle, but it's still worth exploring your options.

Additionally, if you've been experiencing homelessness, you may be eligible for assistance or resources to help you navigate the process of reclaiming your van. Consider reaching out to local homeless services organizations or legal aid clinics that may be able to provide support or connect you with resources to address your situation. It's important to advocate for yourself and take proactive steps to resolve the matter, but seeking assistance from knowledgeable professionals or advocates can help you navigate the process more effectively.

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