Is it a felony to take a vehicle out of state if it has a bank lien on it?

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Is it a felony to take a vehicle out of state if it has a bank lien on it?

Asked on April 9, 2011 under Bankruptcy Law, Arkansas

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MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Well every vehicle that has a loan on it has a lienholder in the eyes of that state's department of motor vehicles.  So if you are the registered owner, it is your vehicle to drive and the bank has a security interest in in case you stop paying on the loan.  Now this is a different story if your vehicle is going to be repossessed and you try to hide the vehicle from repossession or the vehicle is subject to a second position lien as a result of a judgment against you.


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