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.
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.
What are the Penalties for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle?
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 Alband, Lane & Balderama, 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!
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