Do you need to fight a grand theft auto charge? Let’s talk “unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. You could get a state jail felony and the sentence can land anywhere between 6 months and 2 years. Not to mention a fine that won’t exceed $10,000. Prosecutors sometimes charge auto theft under the general theft statute, although most prosecutors only do this if the value of the vehicle exceeds $30,000. This will make the theft offense chargeable as a third-degree felony which is punishable by 2-10 years in the Texas Department of Corrections, plus a fine that will not exceed $10,000.
The two main defenses to fight a grand theft auto charge are:
1. Consent – To fight an unauthorized use of a motor vehicle charge, argue that you thought the owner gave you consent.
2. Lack of Intent – If you are charged with theft, argue that you didn’t have the intent of depriving the owner of their vehicle.
A criminal conviction for auto theft or unauthorized use of a motor vehicle can have very serious consequences. A theft charge is a crime of moral turpitude. This means you’ll have a hard time getting hired. Employers tend to frown if they see you have a final conviction for this crime. Like with most auto-theft offenses, you’ll likely get a felony. Getting convicted of a felony can result in jail or prison time, lengthy supervision and a criminal record, which can and will impact your future.
Having a lawyer in your corner will make the difference between a full-sentence served and a partial sentence served. Daniel Clancy will help you fight a grand theft auto charge, and get you the fairest results for your case.