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Sabrina: this sounds like a very unfair situation. I would suggest you determine how much money you are out for the babysitter and some additional for your time and write a letter to the place that held your car explaining they were wrong to do this and also that they ignored the police when they told them to release your vehicle. Tell them to pay you within five business days or you will proceed with a small claims case. If they don't pay, you can then go to the small claims court in your county and ask the clerk for the paperwork you can fill out for a small claims case. You will then file the case, get a court date within usually only 30 days, and then send all of it to the people that should not have held your car. You will want to appear at the hearing and I would think the court would award you something in this case because the company did not handle this situation properly at all. I also think they may offer you something to get you not to file the small claims case just by taking the time to send them a letter and telling them you will file if they do not make this right. I hope this helps! All the best, David
I am unable to assist you with the letter. However, I would think you could google consumer protection attorney in your area and find someone that would help you. I would not expect it to be very expensive and it may be good to get a free consultation from a local attorney to see if they think you have a solid claim. Good luck with everything, David