Possession of a Stolen Vehicle Defense Attorneys in Charlotte, North Carolina

At the David W. Martin Law Group, our possession of stolen vehicle attorneys in Charlotte know that if the prosecutor can prove our clients illegally possessed a car, truck, SUV, motorcycle, or another motorized vehicle without permission or legal authority — or knew, or reasonably should have known the vehicle was stolen — they will face extensive time behind bars.

However, just because you have been charged with a serious crime does not mean you are guilty.

Contact our Mecklenburg County criminal defense attorney today to learn more about your legal rights and options to pursue the best outcome for your criminal charges.

What is the Possession of a Stolen Vehicle Law in North Carolina?

North Carolina does not have a specific “stolen vehicle” law. Instead, possession of a stolen vehicle falls under the state’s general crime of larceny.

When a person steals a vehicle, part, or piece that is valued at $1,000, they have committed the crime of larceny. Larceny also applies when a person receives or possesses a stolen car and is a Class H felony.

A conviction for larceny can result in incarceration, probation, fines, and other penalties, including becoming part of your permanent criminal record.

If you have been charged with possession of a stolen vehicle in North Carolina, contact our skilled Charlotte criminal defense attorneys today to learn more about how we will customize your defense strategy to pursue the best outcome for your unique legal circumstances.

What are the Other Vehicle-Related Crime Charges in North Carolina?

Depending on the circumstances of a car-related crime in North Carolina, and any aggravated or mitigating factors that led to the alleged crime, our clients may face charges as severe as carjacking or a misdemeanor for joyriding.

  • Carjacking occurs when someone takes a car by force or threat of force and is prosecuted as a robbery.
  • Joyriding occurs when someone takes another’s vehicle without permission but without the intent to permanently deprive the owner of its use or possession, which is prosecuted as a Class 1 misdemeanor.

If you have been charged with a motor vehicle-related crime in North Carolina, do not face the prosecutor’s office alone. Contact our skilled possession of stolen vehicle defense attorneys today to learn how we can build the best defense strategy for your unique case.

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What are the Most Common Legal Defenses for Possession of a Stolen Vehicle in North Carolina?

The circumstances of each of our client’s criminal cases will dictate how we approach their unique legal defense strategies.

The most common types of legal defenses involving auto theft in North Carolina may include:

  • The Mistake of Fact

You are not committing a crime of motor vehicle theft in North Carolina if you borrowed or used a stolen vehicle without knowing that it was stolen.

  • Consent

If you had or believed you had permission from the car’s owner to use the vehicle, the consent defense might be the most optimal strategy to avoid auto theft charges in your case.

  • Permanent Deprivation

To be charged with vehicle larceny in North Carolina, the state must prove that you had the intent to permanently deprive the vehicle’s owner of its possession.

If you had no intention of permanently depriving the owner of the vehicle, you may have committed joyriding, not larceny.

If you have been charged with possession of a stolen vehicle in North Carolina, do not attempt to make a deal with the prosecutor’s office until you are aware of your complete legal rights and defense strategies. We can help you understand your complete legal defense options, so together we can pursue the best outcome.

Contact Our Skilled Possession of a Stolen Vehicle Defense Attorneys in Charlotte, North Carolina Today

At the David W. Martin Law Group, our possession of a stolen vehicle criminal defense attorneys in Charlotte are here to listen to the details that led to your arrest and charges, so we can outline all potential legal strategies that will allow you to take back control of your life today.

Call us at 980-265-9724 today to discuss your case and get the help you need.

Our criminal defense attorneys represent clients throughout North and South Carolina and have convenient offices on both sides of the border to help provide the legal guidance and defense strategies our clients need to get their lives back.

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