Failure to provide proper notice of rights results in return of car.
ALJ Kara Miller directed the Police Department to return a car seized in connection with the owner's arrest, where the Department failed to show it properly served the owner with notice of the right to a retention hearing at the time of arrest or subsequently by mail. The Department's “Vehicle Seizure Form' is a five page multi-color document. The pink page, which includes the notice of a right to a retention hearing, should be given to the driver/owner at the time of arrest. Here, the owner claimed she was not given the pink form at the time of arrest, but instead was handed a “Vehicle Seizure Form” (white), which did not contain notice of her right to a retention hearing. ALJ Miller rejected the Department's claim that the owner suffered no prejudice, finding the hearing was not scheduled as early as it would have been had the Department provided timely notice.
Police Dep't v. Pizarro (in PDF), OATH Index No. 2625/10, mem dec (June 1, 2010).