Can Police Tow Your Car From Private Property?

The Supreme Court has ruled that police can impound vehicles that are parked illegally on private property. The rule was first established in the case of California v. Carney. In Carney, the Court held that a police officer could legally impound a vehicle parked on private property.

The officers were responding to an anonymous tip that the car was stolen and was also concerned about its condition, which suggested it might have been used in an accident.

According to the court’s decision, an officer who finds an unattended vehicle parked on private property has probable cause for arrest if he or she suspects that the vehicle may have been abandoned or stolen. If there are no signs indicating that parking is prohibited, then an officer may impound the vehicle under these circumstances.

What happens if the police are called but don’t issue a citation or arrest?

If the police are called to a location and they don’t arrest anyone, or issue any citations, then they may not be able to tow your car from private property. However, there are some exceptions where police can still tow your car from private property even without issuing an arrest or citation. If you have been observed driving recklessly in a residential area and it is late at night, the police could tow your car from private property without arresting or citing you.

Are there any exceptions to the rule?

It’s a common misconception that police can’t tow your car from private property. The fact is, in most cases, yes police can tow your car from private property if you’re parked illegally.

There are some exceptions to this rule. First, if your car was parked legally but the owner of the property has given you permission to park there, then the police cannot remove it.

If you have been ticketed and the officer leaves a notice on your windshield informing you that they are going to tow your car if it is not removed within 24 hours, then the police also cannot remove it until that time period has elapsed.

Can a police officer tow your car from private property without permission?

If you’ve ever parked on private property and gotten a ticket for it, you’ve probably wondered if you can be towed by the police. Well, here’s the answer yes. Police officers have the authority to tow vehicles from private property if the owner of the said property gives them permission.

Why do the police want to tow your car?

If you are parked on private property and the police want to tow your car, they must have a warrant. A warrant gives the police permission to enter your property and conduct a search.

The police can only tow your car if it is blocking a public street or if it is creating a public safety hazard. In these cases, the police must notify you that they plan to tow your car and give you an opportunity to remove it for free. If you do not remove your vehicle within 30 minutes of notification by the police, then they can charge you for their services.


You can be towed from private property if you do not have a tag, you are violating a parking rule, or if your vehicle has been reported as abandoned. If you feel that your car has been towed unfairly, then you can file a complaint with the police department.

Steven Hatman
Steven Hatman

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