The police likely vouchered the car as arrest evidence. If that is the case the police will not release the car with a property release from the DA. Even if the DA releases it the police may still try to forfeit the car.
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The NYPD will typically settle these cases for $500 and satisfaction of any conditions imposed on you by the screening provider. The settlement process is pretty straightforward; really just a matter of filling out some paperwork. However, as one of my colleagues noted you will need a release from the DA. Your criminal lawyer should contact the DA's office for this. This can be a headache!
Your car is legally/technically evidence. Your attorney should seek a release from the DA.
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