Grand theft auto can be defined as the act of stealing a car or other type of vehicle. This means that when you decided to steal the 2020 Dodge Charger from your neighbor and go for a ride in it, you committed a crime called grand theft auto. You will get caught and arrested. Your charge will be grand theft auto only if you did not cause any accidents, damage any property or hurt anyone while you were riding around in the car you stole from your neighbor. Joy riding can be defined as the unlawful act of taking a vehicle or driving a vehicle that is not yours and you are planning on bringing the vehicle back to the rightful owner. If you plan to bring the car back and you actually do it then you may not be charged with grand theft auto.
In order for you to be charged with grand theft auto, the prosecutor in your case has to prove three things before sentencing you. They must prove that you took and drove the vehicle in question. They must also prove that the vehicle in question does in fact belong to someone else. Lastly, the prosecutor must prove that you had no plans to return the vehicle in question to the rightful owner. There are numerous ways a vehicle can be stolen worldwide. The ways they can be stolen are to hotwire the car, use a key to the vehicle that you stole from the owner to start it and you could even have the vehicle towed either by another car or a tow truck. Everyone thinks that grand theft auto generally just refers to vehicles we drive every day. In some states, they take the law a few steps further to include other types of vehicles.
Those vehicles are motorcycles, dirt bikes, boats, jet skis and even RV campers. Grand theft auto is considered a felony and you can serve up to several years in prison, depending on the circumstances involved in your case.
If you, a friend or loved one has been arrested for grand theft auto, there are two defenses that you can plead in your case. Your first plea could be that you claim the owner of the vehicle in question knew you had it and that they also gave you permission to use said vehicle. There is no crime to punish if the owner of the vehicle in question did actually give you permission to use the vehicle. The catch here is that you cannot take permission that was given to you six (6) months ago and think that it still applies to today. If you did not get current consent to use the vehicle in question, then this plea defense will not work in your favor. If you normally have permission to use a vehicle, like a work vehicle, but you decide to use the work vehicle outside of normal working hours than you can be charged with a misdemeanor. The charge will not be grand theft auto though. Instead, it will be taking the vehicle without the owner’s permission or consent. Your second plea that you could use is that you were only borrowing the vehicle in question and you planned to bring the vehicle in question back to the rightful and lawful owner. This is what is known as joy riding and carries a lesser charge.
When you decide to steal a car, there could be more charges added on to your sentence beyond grand theft auto. If you broke into the vehicle in question before you stole it then you will also be charged with burglary. If you used a weapon during the commission of the crime of grand theft auto, then you will also face robbery charges. If you injured someone during the commission of this crime, like the owner of the vehicle in question, then you can be charged with assault or battery. Sentencing for these crimes can range from misdemeanors with no jail time up to felonies with long jail sentences. For minor grand theft convictions, a defendant might receive punishments such as community service, fines, and probation. A court might also punish an offender by seizing their driver’s license for a certain amount of time. That time could be anywhere from six (6) months to five (5) years. Circumstances surrounding the case play an important role in sentencing. Repeat offenders of grand theft auto usually get longer prison sentences plus they have to pay fees and fines. The prison sentence is also influenced by the way the car was stolen, if a weapon was used, or if any form of violence was threatened against the owner before the car was stolen. The fees and fines are based on the amount of damage that was done during the commission of the crime. They may be sentenced to pay for damages done to the vehicle in question or property damages if there was an accident or malicious driving on someone’s property. With grand theft auto, you can either be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony. The severity of the punishment depends on if you have prior arrests and convictions for this crime, what was the value of the vehicle in question and were there any special circumstances involved in the crime. For example, if you steal a junk dirt bike from your neighbor for the first time in your life, then you will be charged with a misdemeanor. If you thought the owner of the car you were borrowing gave you permission to use it, but they did not, and your brought it back, you could possibly be charged with a misdemeanor. If you broke the window to your sister’s car, again, so you could hot wire it and go to another state, then you will face felony charges of grand theft auto and more.
If you, a friend or loved one has been arrested for grand theft auto and have a bond granted by the judge, call Atomic Bail Bonds at (860) 982-4661. We will not judge you for the crime that has happened. We are professional and courteous agents that are here to help you get back home to your family. We can start the paperwork as soon as you contact us. We do require you to pay ten percent (10%) of the bail amount the judge has granted you up front. If you do not have that amount, we have payment plans available to assist you. We also accept collateral as a form of payment. Call Atomic Bail Bonds now. We are waiting for you and we are here to help you get out of jail and onto the right path.