Grand Theft Auto
Florida Statute 812.014 states theft of a motor vehicle is grand theft. A person commits theft if he or she knowingly obtains or uses, or endeavors to obtain or to use, the property of another with intent to, either temporarily or permanently: (a) Deprive the other person of a right to the property or a benefit from the property; or (b) Appropriate the property to his or her own use or to the use of any person not entitled to the use of the property."
Theft occurs even if the property was "borrowed" without permission and returned. Simply being in possession of recently stolen property gives an inference that the person knew it was stolen and can be the basis for a theft charge.
Grand Theft Auto in most instances third-degree felony, punishable by up to five years in state prison. If the car or other motor vehicle is valued at more than $20,000, the crime becomes a second-degree felony, punishable by up to fifteen years in prison.
In addition to these penalties, a grand theft auto conviction will also result in a suspension of your drivers license. The suspension is up to six months for the first conviction and one year for subsequent convictions. The court can also impose a fine up to twice the value of the stolen property.
Have you been charged with grand theft auto in Tampa Bay? A criminal defense lawyer from The Lawler Firm can help.
Grand Theft Auto cases can be defended in many ways depending on the particular circumstances of your case. In some case you may have had permission to take the car - or gave something of value for use of the car, or the value can be shown to be less than the level charged. A Tampa Bay grand theft auto defense attorney can discuss your options based on the facts of your case.
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