The Crime of Auto Theft in Indiana

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Despite all the technological advances in their anti-theft devices, automobiles, including cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats, and more, are still to this day some of the most commonly stolen pieces of property. Due to their extremely high value, theft of automobiles is a theft crime that carries extremely high penalties.

When facing auto theft charges, the experience of a Noblesville criminal defense attorney can be a huge help to your case. Attorneys Baldwin, Kyle, and Kamish at The Criminal Defense Team have decades of combined legal practice experience, and can provide you with the reputable legal counsel that you need during this trying time. We are the only law firm in all of Indiana to have three Board Certified Criminal Law Experts on staff, giving us an edge in even the most complex cases.

If you need strong defense against auto theft charges, contact The Criminal Defense Team today to retain strong legal counsel.

Indiana’s Strict Penalties for Auto Theft

There are varying degrees of auto theft charges, depending on the value of the vehicle stolen, whether force was involved, and the intent of the accused. A skilled attorney can often help you by analyzing the unique circumstances and evidence in your case, and working to either reduce the charges or have them dismissed entirely.

Penalties for auto theft in Indiana can include:

  • Fines of up to $10,000
  • Prison sentences of up to six years
  • Permanent criminal record
  • Possible restitution to the victim

Under normal circumstances, an auto theft charge is considered a Class C felony. For receiving stolen auto parts, the charges are considered a Class D felony, except in instances where the defendant has a prior conviction. Prior convictions often mean a defendant will face penalties closer to the maximum amount.

Joyriding, or the unauthorized control of a motor vehicle is considered a Class A misdemeanor, which carries penalties of up to one year in prison and a $5,000 fine for a conviction. However, if a vehicle is controlled without authorization for assistance in another crime, the charge is upgraded to a Class C felony.

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