She is going to need to first file a theft
report against the friend and charge them with auto theft. Then she would need to go through the court
to get a court ordered release of the vehicle and unfortunately this will require an attorney to do. She can start by going to the DA's office after she files auto theft charges against the person and show them that she filed the charges and show proof of ownership of the vehicle and ask them to release it to her. If the DA refuses, then she would need to spend some money on an attorney, usually an attorney will handle this for about $500, depending on how many times they have to go to court to get the court to order the release. Her other option on finding an attorney is calling the state bar and asking for the pro bono attorneys in the area who can assist her.
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