If you had your vehicle impounded due to getting a DWI in Minnesota, you may be able to get back possession of your vehicle thanks to Minnesota’s DWI vehicle forfeiture law. To be eligible to get your vehicle back, the state requires you to install an ignition interlock device to the vehicle. Before this law was enacted, you would have had to negotiate the return of your vehicle with the prosecutor. This litigation could cost you a great deal of time and money. Even with all that effort, you still may have not gotten your vehicle returned.
The DWI forfeiture law, enacted in 2019, makes the process of getting your vehicle back faster and less risky. Joining the Minnesota Ignition Interlock Device Program may result in you getting your vehicle back. If you successfully complete the program, the forfeiture action will be dismissed.
The prosecutor may require you to get a surety bond equal to the retail value of the vehicle. You will not be able to drive your vehicle with the ignition interlock device until you buy the required bond. You may also be required to pay for all the costs involved with having your vehicle returned, including towing and storage costs. Depending on the value of your vehicle, this process may not be worth it to you. However, if you need your vehicle and license back, this is a viable solution.
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