Possession & Theft of Stolen Motor Vehicle: For many, our vehicles are an extension of ourselves. Vehicles enable us to travel to our jobs and transport our families. Consequently, police and Prosecutors take these motor vehicle charges very seriously. They are ready and willing to convict defendants of serious felonies.
Washington vehicle theft crimes fall into the following categories:
A person commits theft of a motor vehicle by stealing a vehicle regardless of the value of the vehicle. Theft of a motor vehicle is a class B felony punishable by a maximum of 10 years prison and a $20,000.00 fine.
A person can be found guilty of this crime regardless of the value of the vehicle. Possession of a Stolen Vehicle is a class B felony punishable by a maximum of 10 years prison and a $20,000.00 fine.
A person commits this crime by intentionally taking a vehicle without the permission of the owner and alters the vehicle for the purpose of changing its appearance or identification, removes parts with intent to sell them, takes the vehicle across state lines for profit, or otherwise intends to sell the vehicle. TMV 1st degree is a class B felony punishable by a maximum of 10 years prison and a $20,000.00 fine.
This crime involves intentionally taking a vehicle without the permission of the owner or by voluntarily riding in a vehicle with knowledge that the vehicle was unlawfully taken. TMV 2nd Degree is a class C felony punishable by a maximum of 5 years prison and a $10,000.00 fine.
Any person who makes, uses or possess a motor vehicle theft tool under circumstances showing an intent to use or employ or knowing they will be used or employed in the commission of a motor vehicle theft is guilty of Making or Possessing Motor Vehicle Theft Tools.
If you or someone you care about is charged with a Motor Vehicle Theft or Possession crime in Skagit County or Whatcom County, call attorney Alexander Ransom today for a free, no-pressure case evaluation. Alexander has a reputation in the legal community as an aggressive, effective and experienced criminal defense attorney. He is here to assist you through these difficult times.