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    Default Can't Afford Impound Fees, Have Title but Not in Our Name and Need Paperwork from Car

    My question involves a traffic ticket from the state of: Texas
    I'll try and make this as short as possible. Husband fell asleep in the car, police saw him and arrested him for old traffic warrants. They towed the car to the impound. Car insurance had just been canceled because the payment bounced, car title was never put in husband's name but we have the title with previous owner's signature, also the tags and inspection are expired. There is some paperwork in the car that we desperately need including social security cards, driver's licenses, etc. The impound lot won't let us retrieve the car or get the paperwork until the title is transferred to husband's name. Costs to transfer the title are expensive because we have to pay fines for waiting over 30 days to get it transferred. Husband was working doing deliveries in order to bring our income up, but now that the car is in impound he isn't able to do that. I know, we shouldn't have been driving without insurance, especially delivering; and we should've gotten the title transferred immediately after purchasing the car. We really messed up. What can we do, if anything, to at least get the paperwork out of the car? Is there any way to make payments, or could we talk to a judge - is that possible? Thank you ahead of time for any help you can suggest.

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    Default Re: Can't Afford Impound Fees, Have Title but Not in Our Name and Need Paperwork from

    Sorry, but you and husband pretty well screwed yourselves, which is what scofflaws often do.

    Leaving your social security cards, driver licenses and anything of value in the car defies common sense.

    When it comes time for his trial, HE can talk to the judge. No way to predict what happens.

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    Default Re: Can't Afford Impound Fees, Have Title but Not in Our Name and Need Paperwork from

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    Husband was working doing deliveries in order to bring our income up, but now that the car is in impound he isn't able to do that.
    Somewhere there is really going to be some Jonesing tweakers.

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    Default Re: Can't Afford Impound Fees, Have Title but Not in Our Name and Need Paperwork from

    While I am sympathetic to your situation and how it can be hard to make ends meet financially, you are in a tough spot. You will not have access to the car either to retrieve items or release it until it is registered in your name, that needs to be your first priority (this is to prevent "friends/relatives" from stealing from impounded cars). The registration costs are administrative fees and unlikely to be reduced, you have to find a way to pay them. With the registration in your name you can now get your property from the vehicle. The towing/storage fees are your next problem and it is unlikely they can be reduced or put on a payment plan. Depending on why it was towed in the first place you may need to address outstanding tickets before it can be released. Remember storage fees increase with every day the car is in impound. Any traffic tickets need to be dealt with in court and you may have more options there for payment plans or reduced fees.

    Please take this as a learning opportunity. While it is normal to avoid paying bills and obligations which do not appear to have short term consequences when there is not enough money to go around, they eventually catch up to you and when they do it can be much more painful than if dealt with earlier, no matter how hard it may be at that time.

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