In the state of Rhode Island, it is a felony to be in possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Auto theft is a serious crime with heavy consequences. If you've been charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle you risk facing up to 10 years of imprisonment and/or a ten thousand dollar fine. Stealing a car in Rhode Island is no joke.
§ 31-9-2 Possession of stolen vehicle or parts. – (a) Any person who... has in his or her possession any vehicle which that person knows or has reason to believe has been stolen or unlawfully taken, and who is not an officer of the law engaged at the time in the performance of his duty as an officer of the law, is guilty of a felony.
Having an experienced Criminal Defense Attorney on your side can make a significant difference in the overall success of your case. If you are charged with motor vehicle theft, contact the office of Attorney Chad F. Bank. He is experienced in defending auto theft charges and has successfully represented many clients facing stolen vehicle charges.
Motor vehicle theft / Grand Theft Auto may be punishable by imprisonment. Choosing the right Motor Vehicle Theft Attorney may mean the difference between 10 years in prison or 2 years probation. Auto theft can stay on your permanent record forever and affect your reputation for the rest of your life. Don’t give up your freedom or place your reputation at risk because of a motor vehicle theft charge. Remember, just becasue you did it, doesnt mean you are guilty or need to face the maximum penalty for the charge. The right defense lawyer can make a decade of difference.
What is Motor Vehicle Theft?
In the court system, auto theft is often referred to as “grand theft auto”. It is a particularly troublesome type of theft, which generally has harsher punishments than standard, comparable petty theft crimes.
Grand theft, on the other hand, occurs when property is stolen that is worth more than the limit for petty theft. Typically the market value for the property at the time it is stolen is used to determine that property's value for purposes of petty or theft charges.
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If you have been charged with motor vehicle theft, come in for a free consultation at The Law Offices of Chad F Bank. Chad knows your rights and the policies of the Rhode Island law enforcement system. Selecting the best Providence Motor Vehicle Theft Attorney is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. Give Rhode Island Motor Vehicle Theft Attorney Chad Bank a call today at (401) 229-5088 to schedule your free consultation.