Vehicle Immobilization - The Boot

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If you accumulate 5 or more unpaid parking violation notices of parking/compliance liability, your vehicle can be booted and impounded until all fines and penalties are paid. After 10 unpaid parking violation notices of parking/compliance liability, the City of Crystal Lake will send certification to the Secretary of State that you are eligible for driver's license suspension. A Judgment may be entered on any final unpaid parking violation notices, and is collectable by means including collection agency, credit bureau action, and post-judgment proceedings in court.

Parking violators subject to immobilization are sent notification letters and have 14 days from the date of the letter to request a hearing to show cause why their vehicles should not be placed on a list of vehicles subject to immobilization. If a vehicle is immobilized with a wheel-locking boot, it will be removed only after all outstanding fines and fees have been paid, including any towing and storage charges. Owners of vehicles who have their vehicles booted must contact the Crystal Lake Police Department within twenty-four hours or the vehicle will be towed. Payment of the tow fee and storage charges must be remitted to the tow company. Vehicle owners who pay to have their booted vehicles released may file a written request for a hearing with the City to present any evidence as to why the immobilization was in error and seek reimbursement. The boot process follows established City ordinance, and the hearings are conducted by an Administrative Law Judge.