The Wayne County Prosecutor's office Asset Forfeiture Unit operates a unit known as the Vehicle Seizure Unit. The Vehicle Seizure Unit attempts to collect revenue for vehicles allegedly involved in the purchase of controlled substances, known as the PUSH-OFF program, and to solicit prostitutes, known as the OTE program. Police agencies located within Wayne County who have agreed to split proceeds with the prosecutor's office seize vehicles suspected to have been used for these illegal purposes, providing a piece of paper signed exclusively by the police officer. No judge approves this process or is required to approve this process, which relies entirely upon the discretion of the police and prosecutor.
You may have been provided a number to call by the police. Once the PUSH-OFF form is signed by the police officer, the police department will defer further proceedings to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office.* The Wayne County Prosecutor's office provides (313) 224-6688 and (313) 224-8790, but these telephone numbers can be frustrating. You might have to call dozens of times. The voicemail is almost always full of desperate messages from others like yourself who are being forced to pay for the release of a family vehicle.
In order to procure the release of your vehicle, you must schedule an appointment and produce 1) your seizure notice; 2) your drivers license or other valid form of ID; 3) the vehicle registration or title; and 4) a certified check, cashier's check or money order.
While you are frantically calling Wayne County in an attempt to get your vehicle, give our office a call to discuss your case. We have alternatives to this outrageous system, and we want to talk to you about your options. Our office is open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays with an attorney available at many times after normal business hours. Please call (734) 591-0100 (Livonia) or (734) 941-8800 (Romulus).