Impoundment or Immobilization after a DUI
Under Florida Statute Section 316.193(6)(d), after a DUI conviction, the court is required to issue an order for the immobilization or impoundment of a vehicle unless the defendant shows that an exception applies. The required period to immobilize or impound the vehicle does not begin until the defendant has served any period of incarceration.
In order words, this requirement of the defendant's car being impounded or immobilized is required as a minimum mandatory requirement after a DUI conviction in Florida unless the defendant shows the court that impounding or immobilizing the vehicle would create a hardship.
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The best way to avoid the 10-day impoundment or immobilization of your vehicle is to avoid a DUI conviction in the first place. Contact a DUI Lawyer in Tampa, FL, at the Sammis Law Firm for more information.
Exceptions to the 10 Day DUI Impoundment Rule
The requirement of vehicle impoundment or immobilization under Florida law can be waived by the judge or the probation officer if the defendant can show that a family member uses the vehicle and has no other transportation.
Additionally, the court can dismiss the order of impoundment for "work vehicles" if the vehicle owned by the defendant is operated solely by an employee of the defendant or a business owned by the defendant.
If such a "hardship" or "work vehicle" exception applies in your case, your criminal defense attorney should address the issue at the time of sentencing with the judge. If the court waives the requirement, then you will not have to impound or immobilize your vehicle after the DUI conviction.
How is the Vehicle Impounded or Immobilized?
Many people think that they are required to have their vehicle parked in an impound lot. However, other less expensive options are available in Hillsborough County for DUI cases in Tampa or Plant City, Florida, as explained below.
Many businesses throughout Hillsborough County provide a service to meet this requirement in which they will come to your home with "The Club." As a standard security device, "The Club" is placed onto the steering wheel of the vehicle so that the vehicle can not be driven by the owner during the period of impoundment required by the court a DUI conviction.
These private businesses charge for this service. The price can range from $100 for a 10-day impoundment to approximately $300 for a 90-day impoundment.
The benefit of using this type of service is that the car is never booted. Even if your car were parked in the street outside your home, neighbors would walk by the vehicle and never know it was subject to a court-ordered impoundment after a DUI conviction.
After the period of impoundment or immobilization is completed the company will provide you with a certificate of completion that you can provide to your probation officer to show proof that you have completed this condition of your DUI probation.
The best way to avoid many of the hidden costs of a DUI conviction is to avoid the conviction. Contact an experienced DUI Attorney at the Sammis Law Firm to discuss ways to fight the DUI charge currently pending against you.
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This article was last updated on Thursday, November 15, 2018.