Return of Property Evidence When Case Has Been Dropped

Asked about 1 year ago - Lehigh Acres, FL

I was arrested in November 2012 for Grand Theft, I completed a pre-trial diversion and was able to get my charges dropped. When I was arrested they impounded my car. In my car was a vacuum cleaner that I had just purchased, but they took it as evidence. Since my charges have been dropped I asked for it back and they said no that it was stolen. I sent them my receipt and they still refused. What other reasons could there be for them not to return my property?What else can I do?

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  1. Larry Thomas McMillan

    Contributor Level 15


    Lawyers agree

    Answered . Bring the issue before the judge and present the receipt for the item. I would suggest you call the judicial assistant for the judge and ask about putting the case before the judge on a motion for return of property.

  2. Nick Jay Dorsten

    Contributor Level 20


    Lawyers agree

    Answered . You or your lawyer can prepare a motion for return of property and have the judge rule on it.
    Good luck,

  3. Jose Luis Calvo

    Contributor Level 8


    Lawyers agree

    Answered . You can file a motion to return property. You have a good argument that the case was dismissed AND you have a reciept for the item they allege is stolen. With that said, it might cost you more to get the item back than what it's worth.
    Jose Calvo

  4. Michael Maz Raheb


    Contributor Level 11


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    Answered . Not sure snowbound be the defendant from your question? If possibly the tow company, then file a claim in civil small claims court for damages if you were not able to resolve this "civil " matter.

  5. Christopher D Lee

    Contributor Level 6


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    Answered . Agreed, if they are really being difficult, hiring an attorney can help you out tremendously. There are multiple reasons that the property has not been returned. I've heard everything from: "it's been lost" to "we sold it at an auction". Maybe there was a mistake with inventory or maybe they just don't want to do the work. The important part probably isn't why at this point, but just getting it back.

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