Grand theft auto is when a vehicle is taken without permission with the intent to permanently deprive the owner from accessing it.
Grand Theft Auto
In most states, crimes involving theft are split into two categories: petty theft and grand theft. Petty thefts are generally misdemeanors, punishable by up to one year in jail. Grand thefts are felonies, punishable by one or more years in jail. Typically, the value of the property stolen will determine whether a crime is considered petty theft or grand theft.
Depending on the state, grand theft involves property with a value over a set dollar amount, generally $500 to $1000. However, theft of a vehicle is almost always filed as grand theft, regardless of the value of the vehicle.
Auto Theft in Michigan
Michigan’s laws regarding grand theft auto are a little different. Theft of a motor vehicle applies under Michigan’s general theft statute, which classifies thefts based on the value of the stolen property. Stolen property with a higher value generally results in a greater punishment.
In order to be convicted of theft in Michigan, the prosecutor must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant took the property without permission, with the intent to permanently deprive the owner of that property. If convicted, auto theft in Michigan can result in a punishment of up to ten years in prison, a fine of $15,000 or three times the value of the stolen property.
Carjacking is when a person steals a vehicle through force or violence or the threat of force or violence. A person can be convicted of carjacking if they use force or violence or the threat of force or violence at any point when taking a vehicle, during escape or when the owner attempts to retrieve the vehicle. Carjacking is a much more serious crime in Michigan. Individuals convicted of carjacking face several years to life in prison.
Auto Theft Attorney in Michigan
Auto theft cases can be complex and challenging. A conviction can result in a hefty fine and several years in prison. It’s important to have an experienced lawyer on your side. Nessel and Kessel Law works with you to ensure you get the results you deserve. Please contact us for more information.