Will I Have To Forfeit My Car?

If you were arrested for a subsequent DWI in Minnesota, you are likely facing serious penalties. In addition to jail time and hefty fines, your driver's license could be revoked. The police officer may have also seized your car and taken possession of it immediately. With so much on the line, select an experienced attorney prepared to fight the criminal charges, while helping you deal with the vehicle forfeiture.

Handling Vehicle Forfeitures for More Than 30 Years

At Coodin & Overson, PLLP, we have more than 30 years of experience defending clients throughout Minnesota accused of drunk driving. The seriousness of DWI/DUI charges are magnified when a vehicle forfeiture civil proceeding is involved. In addition to fighting the criminal charges, you are now left jumping through hoops trying to get your car back. If you feel like your life has been put on hold, contact our Minnesota vehicle forfeiture lawyers for a free consultation. You have only 60 days to demand judicial review of a vehicle forfeiture in a DWI case once you have received a notice of forfeiture. We will aggressively protect your constitutional rights, while trying to help you regain possession of your car.

Recovering Forfeited Vehicles in Minnesota

Police officers have the authority to seize property that was used to carry out a criminal act. At Coodin & Overson, PLLP, we have extensive experience defending clients with forfeited vehicles based on a variety of reasons, such as:

  • Felony DUI offense such as vehicular homicide
  • Third alleged DWI/DUI offense in 10 years
  • Second alleged DWI/DUI offense in 10 years and with a child in the car
  • Second alleged DWI/DUI offense in 10 years and blood alcohol test result of over .20
  • First alleged DWI/DUI offense with a blood alcohol test result over .20 and a child in the car

Law enforcement has the authority to maintain possession of the vehicle while the DUI/DWI and forfeiture cases proceed. Obtain experienced legal counsel immediately to protect your rights. Our DUI/DWI attorneys have a clear understanding of the tight deadlines that must be followed to help you fight the charges and try to recover your forfeited vehicle. If you do not respond within 60 days, law enforcement could sell the vehicle and obtain cash for it. There are also several important procedural steps that cannot be omitted when filing this action so the advice of an attorney is imperative. We will take every measure possible to help you avoid this.

We can defend against vehicle forfeitures, if we can prove the owner had no reason to know the vehicle was used illegally. We can use this defense strategy if someone such as your son, daughter, spouse or family friend was arrested for drunk driving while borrowing your vehicle. We can advocate for you to regain possession of your car, if you were not present at the time the drunk driving incident occurred. Our defense attorneys have extensive experience handling high-stake criminal-related matters. We will guide you through the process to help ensure your legal rights are protected.

Contact Our Lake Elmo DUI/DWI Lawyers for a Free Consultation

You may feel like authorities overstepped their boundaries, after arresting you for multiple DUI or a felony drunk driving offense. Contact our experienced DUI/DWI Lake Elmo defense attorneys for a free initial consultation. We can help you understand the law and any options that might be available to help you get your vehicle back. You can fill out our online form, or reach us at 651-319-5180.