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AGO Opinions with Topic: POTENTIAL LIABILITY OF LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER FOR MISTAKE IN EVALUATION OF ABANDONED MOTOR VEHICLE
AGO 1971 No. 41 >  December 15, 1971
MOTOR VEHICLES - ABANDONED - POTENTIAL LIABILITY OF LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER FOR MISTAKE IN EVALUATION OF ABANDONED MOTOR VEHICLE
MOTOR VEHICLES ‑- ABANDONED ‑- POTENTIAL LIABILITY OF LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER FOR MISTAKE IN EVALUATION OF ABANDONED MOTOR VEHICLE Where a law enforcement officer, acting in good faith, determines that an abandoned motor vehicle meeting the other qualifications set forth in § 1 (1), chapter 111, Laws of 1971, 1st Ex. Sess., has a fair market value of $50 or less, and on the basis of this evaluation authorizes the disposal of the vehicle as an "abandoned junk motor vehicle," the officer will have a defense against liability to the owner of the vehicle in an action for a conversion thereof if it is later proven that the vehicle disposed of was actually worth more than this amount.
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