Auto theft, also known as grand theft auto, is a serious criminal offense that involves the unauthorized taking and driving away of someone else’s vehicle. This crime is considered a significant threat to public safety and private property. It is punishable by law in the state of Tennessee. At the Clarke Law Firm, we understand the concern of being accused of auto theft and the importance of a good auto theft defense attorney.
In Tennessee, auto theft is generally classified as a felony offense. Since the penalty for Grand Theft is defined in part by the value of the stolen property, a car (truck, vehicle) is usually valued over the minimum of a misdemeanor theft charge. According to the Tennessee Code, the relevant statute for auto theft is Tennessee Code Annotated Section 39-14-103.
This statute defines the offense of theft and provides the corresponding penalties. The penalties for auto theft convictions vary depending on the circumstances and the value of the stolen vehicle.
According to Tennessee law, theft is defined as theft of services or property. Since an automobile (vehicle) is property, theft of this type of property follows the penalties listed:
Values of lesser amounts would be penalized as a misdemeanor.
It is worth noting that penalties can vary based on factors such as prior criminal history, the age of the accused, and the presence of any additional charges such as DUI or assault. Additionally, individuals convicted of auto theft may also be required to pay restitution to the victim for any damages or losses incurred.
The severity of these penalties demonstrates the gravity of auto theft as a crime. The goal of the law is to deter potential offenders, protect vehicle owners, and ensure public safety by holding accountable those who engage in this illegal activity.
Auto Theft charges can come with penalties that you definitely want to avoid. A momentary lapse in judgment or a miscommunication can result in charges that if convicted, can bring on life-altering consequences.
As an experienced trial lawyer, Attorney Clarke will uses his experience, talent, and skills to defend you. If you or a loved one has been charged with auto theft, it is not a time to mess around. Let us work with you to develop a strategy for your defense to ensure the best possible outcome for your specific case. Call our legal counsel today at 615-796-6299 or online.