Can I be ticketed for abandoning a vehicle or vessel?

Please note: Vehicle includes motor vehicles, ORVs, and snowmobiles. Vessel includes watercraft.

Yes. Under Michigan law (MCL 257.252a or 80130f, 81151, or 82161 2014 PA 549), a person shall not abandon a vehicle or vessel in this state. It is presumed the owner of record as kept by the Secretary of State is responsible for abandoning the vehicle or vessel unless the person provides a record of sale. If the owner of an abandoned vehicle or vessel fails to redeem it before the public auction or other disposition of the vehicle or vessel under MCL 257.252g or 80130k, 8115182161 2014 PA 549 he or she is responsible for a civil infraction and may be subject to a civil fine plus costs, state assessments, and other statutory penalties.

A person who abandons a motor vehicle or vessel may also be found responsible for littering under the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act [MCL 324.8905a(4)]. This is a state civil infraction subject to a civil fine from $500 to $2,500 plus costs, state assessments, and other statutory penalties. The penalty for abandoning a second vehicle or vessel is a civil fine from $1,000 to $5,000 plus costs, state assessments, and other statutory penalties.
 

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