A judgement lien was attempted on my vehicle(clear title) but improper paper work was done. All the DMV does is give me a letter that says the paper work was returned to the attorney attempting lien. Meanwhile, tag will expire and fines for unpaid property tax increase. DMV has no answer.
It is very odd for the county tax authority to not want to take your money. Probably there is some sort of confusion over what the DMV rules require. I hope that you are able to get this straightened out soon so that you can keep the vehicle tagged.
The root of your problem is not with the DMV, but with the underlying judgment lien. I suggest that you speak with a consumer-protection or debt-defense attorney about your case. There may be a way to challenge the judgment or at least come up with a way to resolve the claim against you.
A final word of caution. I only know one person/business that seeks to put judgment-liens on auto titles. Most collection law firms will not do it, because there are other more efficient and predictable ways to collect. If the judgment-lien is in the hands of the person/business that I am thinking of, that person/business (in my opinion) does not understand the law. I am afraid that if he gets a lien placed on your title, he will use self-help to repossess the car. In my opinion, that would be a violation of the law. So I strongly suggest that you seek out counsel if anyone attempt to take your car.
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The only way to assert a judicial lien on an auto is to levy the vehicle, and sell the auto at a sheriff’s sale. The practice has fallen out of use over the past thirty years, because of its cost, and limited utility. You should be able to purchase your auto tag at the tag office, in spite of the recorded judgment.
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