Posted: Jan 25, 2010 3:48 PM by Mike Steele
Updated: Jan 25, 2010 5:13 PM
A current law says a judge is supposed to seize and sell your car for multiple DWI convictions. Members of a state panel say the law is seldom followed.
The Louisiana DWI Task Force is proposing changes for the money collected in that process. The change calls for 60 percent of the money to go to the District Attorney's Office, 20 percent to arresting law enforcement agency and 20 percent to the Council on Automobile Insurance Rates. Panel members say that may encourage prosecutors to ask judges for this type of sentencing.
Some say the law could become a burden to small towns and small police departments. They say when a car is seized, someone has to pay for it to be stored if there is no public yard avaiable. They also say there is no guarantee the sale of a car at public auction will turn a profit. Lawmakers on the panel say the law calls for enforcing the seizure regardless of whether a town or agency will be reimbursed.
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