Operating an Automobile Without Consent
Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle
Talking to a qualified lawyer is the first step you should take if you
are arrested or are wanted for questioning in relation to an offense involving
the unauthorized use of a vehicle in Texas. Sometimes confused with auto
theft or grand theft auto, this offense actually involves allegations that a
defendant has intentionally or knowingly operated someone else's vehicle
without their consent. It is a
felony and if convicted, a defendant may face time in state jail.
Unauthorized use of a vehicle charges may apply to any type of motor vehicle,
including automobiles, boats or airplanes. Classified as a state jail
felony under Texas Penal Code Section 31.07, this crime may be punishable
by 180 days to 2 years in a state jail. A defendant may also face a fine
of up to $10,000. Specific penalties, however, may vary depending on the
particular nature of the offense as well as the jurisdiction and the defendant's
criminal record, if any.
Challenging Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle Charges
Your freedom, job and future may be at risk if you have been accused of
the unauthorized use of a vehicle. Take this opportunity to challenge
your charges and protect your future with a
criminal defense attorney who is experienced as a former prosecutor and can use his knowledge
of the "other side" of criminal proceedings to more effectively
handle your case.
At The Alband Law Firm, we are ready to get involved in the face of your
felony charges to help you avoid spending any time behind bars. We will
fight to protect your rights by investigating the matter from every possible
angle as we build a comprehensive defense strategy. Contact our team today to
schedule a free consultation about your case!