MCC Vehicle Impoundment Violations
If you are the owner of a vehicle you may suffer a vehicle impoundment in the City of Chicago for a variety of different reasons, including, but not limited to operating your vehicle with drugs in the car, driving while intoxicated (DUI), or driving with a revoked or suspended license. In addition, the statutory fines for these offenses range from $750 to $2,000.
The Department of Streets and Sanitation or its authorized agents provide towing for impounded vehicles. Vehicles impounded for municipal code violations will be towed to Auto Pound 2 or 6, depending on the initial geographic location of the vehicle. The Department of Administrative Hearings conducts administrative hearings for all vehicle impoundments, including vehicle titleholders seeking release of impounded vehicles. A vehicle owner contacted by the Auto Pounds Section after their vehicle has been impounded may waive a hearing and then pay the fine, towing and storage charges to retrieve the vehicle.
MCC Impoundment Violations include, but are not limited to:
MCC 8-20-070 Unlawful possession of a firearm in motor vehicle-Impoundment
MCC 7-24-225 Unlawful drugs in motor vehicle-Impoundment
MCC 7-24-226 Driving while intoxicated-Impoundment
MCC 9-80-240 Driving with a Revoked or Suspended License-Impoundment
MCC 9-80-220 False, Stolen, or Altered Temporary Registration Permit (TRP)
MCC 8-8-060 Street solicitation for prostitution
MCC 9-76-145 Broadcast or recorded sound device restrictions
MCC 9-112-640 Impoundment – Unlicensed Taxi Cabs
MCC 9-114-420 Impoundment – Other Unlicensed Public Passenger Vehicles
MCC 7-28-440 Dumping on real estate without permit-Nuisance-Violation-Penalty-Recovery of costs
MCC 15-20-270 Unlawful fireworks in motor vehicle-Impoundment
MCC 8-4-130 Possession of etching materials, paint or marker with the intent to deface unlawful
MCC 9-92-035 Impoundment of Fleeing Vehicles
MCC 9-80-225 Display of False, Stolen, or Altered Disability Parking Device (DPD)
MCC 10-8-480 Casting refuse and liquids (Effective 15 November 2013)
MCC 10-8-480 if the member can reasonably articulate that the offender is 17 years of age or older and: (a) was the driver of the vehicle while the offense was committed, or (b) that driver of the vehicle had knowledge of or consented to the offending passenger of the vehicle committing the offense.
Can a lawyer help?
Yes! If none of the statutory defenses apply to your case you may still succeed by requesting a preliminary hearing and a full hearing if necessary as allowed by Chicago Code. These cases are often won through aggressive legal advocacy and attacking whether or not legal documents (eg. vehicle impoundment and seizure form) used in the impoundment were properly filled out.