Find Out More About Vehicle Impoundment Laws in Boston

Protecting Your Vehicle After an OUI

The Massachusetts General Laws §90-24W (2011) states that a vehicle may be impounded if the driver commits any of the following offenses:

  • OUI
  • OUI with a blood-alcohol content (BAC) of .08% or higher
  • Refusing a chemical test
  • OUI accident with injury
  • OUI manslaughter

With your vehicle impounded and your license suspended due to an OUI, your income may be at stake. You will have to depend on others to drive you where you need to go, unless you pay the fine to have your vehicle restored to you. In the city of Boston, impoundment fees can range from $250-$500 and must be paid in cash only. Your family could also be affected by vehicle impoundment.

Even if a person with joint ownership of the vehicle desires to pick it up, they cannot do so until their petition is heard in court and evidence is provided proving their dependence on the vehicle. Also, the most common reason for vehicle impoundment is refusal to take a chemical test. In these cases, the vehicle cannot be picked up by anyone, even friends or family, until 12 hours have passed from the time of the OUI arrest. Vehicle impoundment does not just affect the offender; it affects friends and family, as well.

Reliable Help for Your OUI Charges

Sometimes a person may be wrongfully subjected to penalties for refusing to take a chemical test. According to the RMV, you may be entitled to a registry hearing because of lack of reasonable grounds for your OUI arrest, if you were not arrested, or if you did not actually refuse the chemical test. For cases such as this, don’t hesitate to contact a Boston OUI lawyer from Keegan Law today. Our firm has nearly four decades of combined experience, and we will stop at nothing to make sure that you are justly treated. Call now for a free initial consultation.