Recovering a Vehicle Following a DUI Charge in Alpharetta

When arrested for a DUI offense, individuals will most likely have their vehicle impounded if they cannot have someone get their vehicle for them. If this occurs, the arrested individual may have to pay an expensive fee to retrieve their vehicle from the impound lot.  If you require legal assistance recovering your vehicle after a DUI arrest, do not hesitate to get in touch with an attorney at Hawkins Spizman for professional help.

What Happens to a Person’s Car Following a DUI Arrest?

If the arrested individuals can find a sober driver within a short amount of time, oftentimes the arresting officer will allow someone else to drive the car away from the scene. If they cannot find someone, the car will be towed, and information will be provided to the person upon their release from the jail on how to get their car back from the impound lot. There will be a fee associated with getting the car back and it could take several days to get the car back. In addition, there may be a storage fee that would accrue daily.

Documents Needed to Recover a Vehicle Following a DUI Arrest

A person should bring to the tow lot either their driver’s license or their notice of suspension for their driver’s license, and proof of insurance. Oftentimes, the proof of insurance is in the vehicle. A person at the lot will accompany the driver to the vehicle so they can obtain the proof of insurance to get it released. They should also bring any proof of ownership like the lease payment or title.

How Could a Person’s DUI Case be Affected by the Discovery of Illegal Substances?

If there are illegal substances inside of a person’s vehicle, the driver will not only be charged of driving under the influence of alcohol but also driving under the influence of drugs or under the influence of a combination of alcohol and drugs. Second, if it is contraband such as marijuana, cocaine, other commonly abused drugs, or if it is paraphernalia, meaning a grinder for marijuana, a pipe, or a marijuana vapor pen, those will give rise to an additional charge of possession of a controlled substance.

If there is evidence of scales, baggies, or other evidence that suggests the person is not just using drugs but may be selling drugs, they could be charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

How Could an Attorney Help Retrieve a Person’s Car?

Usually, a lawyer does not get involved in helping a person retrieve their car because hopefully the car has already been retrieved within a day or so of the arrest. However, if there is an issue with retrieving the car, a lawyer can assist an individual with contacting the police department and determining where the car is impounded. They can also find out what the cost is to release the vehicle, and if it is necessary that the person bring proof of insurance or other documents to show that the vehicle is theirs and get the vehicle released.

If you wish to have more insight on recovering a vehicle following a DUI charge in Alpharetta, be sure to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced attorneys at Hawkins Spizman today.


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