Code of Alabama - Title 32: Motor Vehicles and Traffic - Section 32-15-6 - Failure to redeliver hired vehicle; service of written demand

Section 32-15-6 - Failure to redeliver hired vehicle; service of written demand.

Any person who, after hiring, leasing or renting a motor vehicle under an agreement in writing, which provides for return of said vehicle to a particular place, or at a particular time, shall abandon such vehicle, or secrete, convert, sell or attempt to sell the same or any part thereof, or who shall fail to return the vehicle to said place within the time specified, and is thereafter personally served with a written demand, or upon whom written demand is thereafter made by registered mail, to return said vehicle to the place specified in the written agreement within 48 hours from the time of the personal service or service by registered mail of such demand, and who fails, except for causes beyond his control to return said vehicle to the lessor within said period, is guilty of a Class C felony and shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than 10 years or less than one year and one day in a state penitentiary, or shall be fined not more than $5,000.00, or shall be both fined and imprisoned. Service by registered mail shall be deemed to be complete upon deposit in the United States mail of such demand securely wrapped, postpaid and addressed to such person at the address for such person set forth in the written agreement for the hire or use thereof or in the absence of such address to such person's last known place of residence.

(Acts 1927, No. 456, p. 507; Code 1940, T. 36, §101; Acts 1983, No. 83-564, p. 865, §1.)

Last modified: May 3, 2021