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Dear Customer, I am sorry to learn of this difficulty with your loan collateral. Your property interest will remain intact, however, you are correct, you will probably be required to pay for impound fees or other fees associated with storing the vehicle by the police department (unless the borrower has some form of payment available to make these payments in addition to his other restitution).
Your lien on the vehicle's title is proper, however, until the date for the turnover of the vehicle, the borrower still has an interest in the vehicle. It is unlikely that a authorities will be interested in a temporary ownership interest of a vehicle they will have to store. Often in situations such as this, the borrower will sign a declaration of default or a document to that effect which will allow title to pass immediately upon signing (since he has no interest in the vehicle), and you will be allowed to negotiate for the return of the vehicle with the police department (again, noting the borrower's limited interest in the vehicle).
Dear Customer, The above is the statutory clause to recover the vehicle from storage during the pendency of the forefeiture action. While the issues related strictly to your title will apply in the event that the vehicle was taken simply for repayment of debts or obligations, I must apologize, it appears that the issues and the forfeiture statute controlling this matter really belong under our "Criminal Law" expert's heading as some properties taken during the course of criminal investigation or prosecution are subject to the penal code as opposed to the civil code. I am attaching what I believe from your question to be the relevant statute, but I am going to "opt out" and forward your question on to an expert that might be more able to assist you with this matter. https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=609.531
My apologies for the inconvenience, I had an initial misunderstanding of your question, I am certain the next expert will be able to properly address your matter fully.
Go ahead and cancel out this request.
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