Wrongfully Arrested After Renting a Car? We're Here to Help.
Contact Lawyer Travis Prince at 304.594.0087 or via email at TPrince@baileyglasser.com.
Were you wrongfully arrested after renting a car from Hertz or another car rental agency? You are not alone. From 2016 to 2020, the Hertz family of rental car companies reported approximately 3,000 cars stolen annually, many of which were false claims. At Bailey Glasser we understand the fear and frustration our clients experience from being falsely accused, apprehended, and even jailed by law enforcement authorities. The emotional distress can severely impact your mental health, family relationships, and your employment.
If this has happened to you, we are here to help you navigate through the legal process and fight for justice on your behalf.
Please call lawyer Travis Prince at 304.594.0087 or email him at TPrince@baileyglasser.com.
Renting a car should be a straightforward process, allowing you the freedom to travel without the burden of owning or using a personal vehicle. However, in some unfortunate cases, renting a car can lead to unexpected legal troubles. Each year, innocent law-abiding citizens are falsely arrested and accused of stealing rental cars. In 2022, Hertz settled hundreds of claims filed by people who were wrongfully arrested, some of whom were jailed for years, based upon administrative errors related to their rental car contracts.
And Hertz isn’t alone in their negligence. Thrifty and Dollar car rental companies, wholly owned subsidiaries of Hertz, have also been accused of filing false criminal charges. Most recently, Avis was accused of filing false criminal charges that resulted in a single mother being arrested at gunpoint.
The filing of false criminal charges can truly happen to anyone, and some causes include:
- Administrative and Database Errors: Many cases involve customers who had called to extend their rental agreements but the extensions were not properly reflected in Hertz's computer systems. Other cases involved re-renting of cars that had previously been reported as stolen without rescinding the police reports, causing unsuspecting customers to be pulled over by police. On other occasions, stolen cars were accidentally associated with the wrong customer, resulting in an arrest warrant for someone who was not at fault.
- Previous Renter Issues: If a previous renter of the vehicle was involved in criminal activities and the rental car company failed to update the rental company's records properly, innocent renters may be arrested and accused of crimes they did not commit.
- Racial Profiling: Unfortunately, racial bias can play a role in wrongful arrests after renting rental cars. Unfair targeting based on race or ethnicity is a violation of your civil rights and requires legal intervention.
If you have experienced a wrongful arrest following the rental of a car, it is important to know your rights and hire lawyers who can go toe-to-toe with the big rental car agencies and their law firms.
How We Help:
- Thorough Investigations: We will thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding your arrest, analyzing any errors, negligence, or misconduct that may have occurred during the rental process or law enforcement procedures.
- Negotiation and Litigation: Depending on the specifics of your case, we will engage in negotiations with the involved parties, including prosecuting attorneys, law enforcement, rental car companies, and insurance providers, to seek a favorable resolution. Rest assured that we have the experience and resources necessary to hold the rental car company accountable if you or a loved one have been the victim of false criminal charges.
- Compassionate Support: We understand the emotional toll that wrongful arrests can have on individuals and their families. Our team will provide you with compassionate support throughout the legal process, keeping you informed, answering your questions, and addressing your concerns.
Contact Us Today:
If you have been wrongfully arrested after renting a rental car, it is important to act quickly to protect your rights. Please call lawyer Travis Prince at 304.594.0087 or email him at TPrince@baileyglasser.com.
You don't have to face this challenging situation alone – we are here to fight for you.