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My mom rented a car for me. Hertz has been charging her

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My mom rented a...

My mom rented a car for me. Hertz has been charging her credit card each month since November. I received a call saying that the car is scheduled to be repo'd and if the car isn't located a warrant can be issued

Lawyer's Assistant: Since laws vary from place to place, what state is this in? And when was the warrant issued?

California

Lawyer's Assistant: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?

No. This just happened.

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

My mom is out of the country, she is returning on the 10th, international flight. If the warrant is issued, can something happen to her as she goes through customs?

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Yes, if the warrant is issued, since the car was rented in your mom's name, that will be entered into the computer database and when your mom reenters the US through Customs and Immigration, the warrant will show up and she will be arrested.

If they are demanding return of the car, it is their car and it should be returned to them as they have demanded or it could cause your mom some criminal and legal issues.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Typically how long does it take for a warrant to be issues in California? I'm out of town till Thursday and there is no one that can return the car on our behalf
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Also, what happens if the car is returned after the warrant is issued?
Criminal Lawyer: Law Educator, Esq., Lawyer replied 4 months ago

Thank you for your reply.

Typically a warrant can be issued in a couple of hours. It all depends when they go to the police and when the police get the judge to sign off on the warrant.

If the car is returned after the warrant it is too late, she would still need to appear in court on the charges and explain what happened and why she did not return the car as agreed.

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