An impound hearing can turn an inconvenient traffic ticket into a disaster.
Impounding is the very expensive, and actually rather common, result of
many Kern County traffic violations. The state can
impound a vehicle for thirty days, if the driver is cited for:
The owner is responsible for all impound fees, and these fees can add up
very quickly: the initial fee (towing fee and impound fee) is usually
about $200, and the facility may charge between $30 and $50 per day. If
your vehicle is impounded, you only have ten days to request a hearing.
At that hearing, an attorney regularly practicing in Bakersfield can get
your car released early if you have cured the deficiency which caused
the car to be impounded; for example, if you did not have a valid license,
you must do whatever is needed to obtain a valid license, and present
a valid and current drivers' license along with proof of insurance
at the hearing.
A vehicle may also be impounded following a conviction for a super-speeding
ticket, and for some other reasons as well. The theory behind a VC Section
14602.2 impound is that the owner is flaunting the traffic laws or the
authority of a California court. Judges in Lamont and Shafter may have
sympathy for a motorist who makes an honest mistake, but these judges
tend to take a very dim view of