In order for the police to retain your vehicle, they will have to initiate a forfeiture proceeding, which is essentially a civil proceeding similar to someone filing a lawsuit for various reasons against someone else. Because there are strict timelines and strict procedures that both sides have to follow in order to effectively and properly seize the vehicle/property or try to get it back, I strongly advise even if you can't afford to pay a lot, that you speak with an attorney, and try to see if they may be able to work with you. Good luck.
Mr. Rice is correct, and a civil forfeiture proceeding is a complicated process for both sides. If you have been served with a civil forfeiture action, you need to at least sit down with an attorney for a free consultation about your options. If they have not yet started this process, a good idea may be to call the investigator in his case and tell them your situation. They may be willing to release the car back to you once they know the situation. Try this first, then see an attorney.
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