Title. He road to put some air in his tire because officer had previously told him he could ride on streets by house. Well he was one block over from house and they impounded bike. Tow people say the state won't let them release bike without a title but to get a bonded title will take at least three weeks and the whole time they are charging me $20 a day. By the time it gets here I will have basically paid for it again. Please help
I am not licensed to practice law in Texas, so out of respect for any experienced criminal defense attorney licensed in Texas who responds to your question, I would defer to that answer. However, this situation arises quite often in CA, where I am licensed, both in terms of cars and other items impounded. I suggest you speak to the tow lot supervisor and explain the situation.
I would first encourage you to contact a local attorney for advice in dealing with this situation.
Aside from that, there are three courses of action which I would encourage you to pursue. First, I would contact the seller of the dirt bike and apprise him of the situation. There are obligations which the law imposes on sellers of titled vehicles to which he is not in strict adherence. In other words, it would behoove him to cooperate in getting you a title as quickly as possible.
Secondly, I would contact the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles and explain to them your dilemma. They have contingencies for "special situations", and if you speak very kindly to them, they may take pity on you and declare your case as one of those contingencies.
Finally, I would explain your situation to the owner of the impound lot. Although you won't be approaching him with a great deal of leverage, he might be reasonable if he understands that you are doing your utmost to satisfy his demands. Indeed, he might even decide to accept your bill of sale and lieu of a title.
I wish you the best of luck, and I encourage you to make sure your son wears a helmet while riding that bike.
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