Auto Theft is the knowing taking, use, or attempt to take or use the vehicle of another with intent to either permanently or temporarily deprive the owner of a right to use the vehicle or a benefit from it, or to appropriate the vehicle to his or her own use or to the use of any person not entitled to the use of the vehicle. Auto Theft is grand theft, which is a criminal offense and a felony of the third degree. However, if the vehicle is valued at $20,000 or more, but less than $100,000, then it is grand theft in the second degree, punishable as a felony in the second degree. If the vehicle is valued at $100,000 or more, it is grand theft in the first degree, punishable as a felony of the first degree. To prove the criminal violation of Theft, the State Attorney must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the criminal suspect knowingly and unlawfully obtained, used, endeavored to obtain, or endeavored to use the property of the victim, that he or she did so with the criminal intent to either temporarily or permanently deprive the victim of the right to the property or any benefit from it, or that he or she appropriated the property of the victim for his or her own use or for the use of any other person not entitled to the property. Auto Theft is a serious criminal offense that demands the representation of an experienced criminal defense lawyer, one who will fight hard while representing you in criminal court against the State’s Attorney. Criminal Defense Attorney Kenneth P. Hassett is experienced and familiar with this criminal offense and has been in practice in Miami Dade County, Fort Lauderdale, and Broward County since 1991. If you have been charged with the crime of Auto Theft or any other criminal offense in Miami Dade County, Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, or any other part of Florida, call Hassett and Associates, P.A. for a free consultation 24 hours per day seven days per week.
The information on this page does not represent legal advice. Florida Statues obtained from Online Sunshine, www.leg.state.fl.us, the official site of the Florida Legislature. Because the law is continually changing, some of the provisions contained herein may be out of date. It is always wise to seek counsel from an experienced criminal attorney like Kenneth Hassett.
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