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Unfortunately, you are in a very difficult situation here.
Did you give permission to your son to take your vehicle at the time he was stopped and arrested for a 3rd DWI?
How did your son obtain the key for your car?
He grabbed them off the kitchen table
Does your son reside with you?
No he was on an extended visit from out of state
When did you find out that your son had possession of the keys and your vehicle?
I was woken up late in the evening when my daughter called me and told me thta my son was in county for a dui. it was then I looked outside and realized my jeep was gone
Thank you for that follow up.
Unfortunately, if you do file a criminal complaint that your son stole your car, he will be charged with felony grand theft auto and the fact that you permitted your son borrow your car before, would not really help your son to get the charge dismissed.
Does this make sense?
Basically, if you file the report, you will also be subpoenaed to testify against your son at his criminal trial.
what about a lesser crime like joyriding?
That would not generally be an option, under the facts you have described.
so in the end is it in any way possible to get my car back?
Well, basically, since your son used your vehicle and was caught with his 3rd DWI, basically your vehicle would be subject to seizure, unless you are willing to go forward and pursue grand larceny auto against your son.
Is your vehicle fully paid for?
What is the market value of your vehicle?
Well, you can hire a local criminal defense attorney to review the situation and to see if there is any possible option to convince the court to release your vehicle, however the legal fees can be close or more than the value of your vehicle.
so is that it?
Unfortunately, it appears that in a situation similar to your the options are very limited.
I am sorry to give you this unfavorable answer, but I have professional obligation to provide JustAnswer.com customers with correct information, even when my answer is not favorable to the customer and unfortunately I don't have any way of changing the law.
Do you have any related follow up questions?
Thank you for the explanation
I am sorry once again for your difficult situation and I do wish you the best of luck!
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just one more question... do I have a right to the contents of the vehicle?
You can ask the court to return contents of your vehicle, as long as they are not being held for evidence and there is nothing illegal in the vehicle.
Thank you. I have no more questions for you. In spite of the circumstances you have been a great help and you have very likely saved me a great deal of effort and money. Have a great night.
I appreciate your kind words and I do wish you the best of luck and God bless you!