Stephen Hamilton: … Just got out of jail after being arrested for a DWI in Lubbock, Texas. Where’s my car, dude? That’s the question. If you’ve been arrested for a DWI, most likely your car has been towed.
Stephen Hamilton: Hello, my name is Stephen Hamilton, and I’m a Board Certified criminal defense attorney in Lubbock, Texas. I practice in Lubbock and the surrounding areas. If this has happened to you: you’ve been arrested, you just got out of jail. The very first thing you probably want to do is find your car and get it out of impound. Every county has a contract with a towing company. So for example, if you got arrested in Lubbock County right now in March of 2011, the wrecker service is Lubbock Wrecker. And you need to call Lubbock Wrecker to arrange a time to go get your car.
Stephen Hamilton: Now there’s a couple of issues that you need to be aware of. First, they’re going to need ID from you .and if you just got arrested for a DWI, the chances are the police officer took your driver’s license. So you need to have another form of identification. If you don’t have that, then you need to bring the person who co-owns or owns the car with you. So if you’re a Texas Tech student and mom and dad owned the vehicle, they’re going to need to call Lubbock Wrecker. If they’re out of town, they don’t have to fly into to Lubbock to do it from Dallas, but they at least got to call the wrecker company. If you have another form of ID, most of the time the wrecker company is going to take it.
Stephen Hamilton: When you go to get your vehicle, it is very important that after you pay the impound fee, you take a look at your vehicle. See if anything’s missing or has been ruffled through. Because the chances are when you got arrested for a DWI, the arresting agency, whether it was the Lubbock Police Department, or Texas Tech, or the Department of Public Safety, will have done an inventory of everything that was in your vehicle. And we want to know if anything’s missing.
Stephen Hamilton: I’m not saying that the police stole it. What I’m saying is, you need to make sure that the things that are in your vehicle are still in your possession. So if there is a problem, you can notate it early on, and we can start calling the proper people, whether it’s the tow company or the police department.
Stephen Hamilton: If you have questions about an inventory search of your vehicle, or where your vehicle is after it’s been towed, pick up the phone and call me. My office number is (806) 794-0394. We’ll set up a time for you to come in and visit with me so we can talk about the towing and the inventory of your vehicle.
Stephen Hamilton: That’s it for today’s video tip. I’m Stephen Hamilton, thank you for watching and have a great day.