CanI go to jail for hiding my car froma finance company?

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CanI go to jail for hiding my car froma finance company?

I am behind in my car payment and my finance company is threatening to press charges and have me arrested.

Asked on December 21, 2011 under Criminal Law, California

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Possibly you could be facing a criminal charge for hiding your vehicle from your lender if you are behind in making payments on it, but I doubt that law enforcement will be interested in pressing charges regarding the situation that you have written about for the simple fact that what you have written about is a civil issue for all intents and purposes.

You need to be aware that for a third person to threaten a criminal action to gain an advantage in a civil matter could be a criminal act called extortion. What you have written suggests a possible criminal act on the part of the finance company's representative by threatening to have you arrested for being behind on your car payments.


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