(a) Whenever a person is convicted for driving any class M1 or M2 motor vehicle, while
his or her driving privilege has been suspended or revoked, of which vehicle he or
she is the owner, or of which the owner permitted the operation, knowing the person's
driving privilege was suspended or revoked, the court may, at the time sentence is
imposed on the person, order the motor vehicle impounded in any manner as the court
may determine, for a period not to exceed six months for a first conviction, and not
to exceed 12 months for a second or subsequent conviction. For the purposes of this section, a “second or subsequent conviction” includes a conviction for any offense described in this section. The cost of keeping the vehicle shall be a lien on the vehicle, pursuant to Chapter
6.5 (commencing with Section 3067) of Title 14 of Part 4 of Division 3 of the Civil Code.
(b) Notwithstanding subdivision (a), any motor vehicle impounded pursuant to this
section which is subject to a chattel mortgage, conditional sale contract, or lease
contract shall, upon the filing of an affidavit by the legal owner that the chattel
mortgage, conditional sale contract, or lease contract is in default, be released
by the court to the legal owner, and shall be delivered to him or her upon payment
of the accrued cost of keeping the motor vehicle.
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