Auto Theft Crimes

Auto-theft crimes in Arizona have serious consequences. If convicted you could face lengthy probation, large fines, jail, or even prison. With over 100 years of combined legal experience, the attorneys and staff at AZ Defenders have successfully represented hundreds of people accused of various auto-theft crimes.

Theft-of-Means of Transportation (Grand-Theft Auto)

The following are Class 3 Felony offenses and they can punishable by probation, fines, jail, or even prison depending on criminal history. A conviction will also result in a mandatory revocation on the convicted person’s driver’s license.

A person commits theft-of-means of transportation if, without lawful authority, the person knowingly does one of the following:

  1. Controls another person’s means of transportation with the intent to permanently deprive the person of the means of transportation.
  2. Converts for an unauthorized term or use another person’s means of transportation that is entrusted to or placed in the defendant’s possession for a limited, authorized term or use.
  3. Obtains another person’s means of transportation by means of any material misrepresentation with intent to permanently deprive the person of the means of transportation.
  4. Comes into control of another person’s means of transportation that is lost or misdelivered under circumstances providing means of inquiry as to the true owner and appropriates the means of transportation to the person’s own or another’s use without reasonable efforts to notify the true owner.
  5. Controls another person’s means of transportation knowing or having reason to know that the property is stolen.

Unlawful Use of Means of Transportation (Joyriding)

A person commits unlawful use of means of transportation if, without intent permanently to deprive, the person either:

  1. Knowingly takes unauthorized control over another person’s means of transportation.
    This is a Class 5 Felony offense and can be punishable by probation, fines, jail, or even prison depending on criminal history. A conviction will also result in a mandatory revocation on the convicted person’s driver’s license.
  2. Knowingly is transported or physically located in a vehicle that the person knows or has reason to know is in the unlawful possession of another person pursuant to paragraph 1 or section 13-1814.

This is a Class 6 Felony offense and can be punishable by probation, fines, jail, or even prison depending on criminal history. A conviction will also result in a mandatory revocation on the convicted person’s driver’s license.

Defenses to Auto-Theft Crimes

It is essential for competent attorneys to find weak points in the prosecutor’s case. AZ Defenders will utilize the best legal defense available to provide our clients the best possible outcome. Over the years our attorneys have successfully utilized the following defenses to auto-theft crimes.

  • No proof of intent.
  • Evidence that the driver (or passenger for unlawful means) had permission to drive or ride in the vehicle or had a good faith belief that they had permission.
  • Suppression of evidence due to fourth, fifth, and/or sixth amendment violations by the government (including illegal searches, illegally forced confessions, right-to-counsel violations, and Miranda violations).

Free Consultation for Auto Theft Crimes

If you are charged with an Auto-Theft offense, regardless of its classification, you need the services of an experienced, aggressive, and effective legal team on your side.  The consequences can be dire and you need someone to help you get the best possible result in your individual case.  Contact the AZ Defenders by calling 480-248-7666 or contact us online for a free consultation today.

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