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Vehicle Immobilization

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Definition - What does Vehicle Immobilization mean?

Vehicle immobilization may be required as a penalty for DUI in certain states. Vehicle immobilization generally does not require the state to take possession of the car but rather the car can simply be made inoperable by installing a club or other disabling device on the car so the car can not be driven by the driver during the required immobilization period. Impoundment periods vary as well as the fees charged by the company that completes the immobilization. Immobilization periods generally do not begin until a DUI defendant has completed their required period of incarceration.

After the completion of the immobilization the company which has completed the service will offer the driver a certificate of completion which the driver may submit to their probation officer to demonstrate that they have completed the immobilization requirement.

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