California Vehicle Theft Crimes and Penalties

California Vehicle Theft Crimes and Penalties There are a few laws in California which impose criminal charges for taking a vehicle without permission in California. A few common criminal charges involving vehicle theft crimes are: Unauthorized Use of Vehicle Vehicle Code Section 10851 VC, otherwise known as "Joyriding", which involves the unlawful taking or tampering with a vehicle Carjacking California Penal Code Section 215 PC Grand Theft Auto Penal Code Section 487(d)(1) PC Grand Theft Auto Criminal Charges in California Under California law Grand Theft Auto Penal Code 487(d)(1) is a vehicle crime that may be charged as misdemeanor or as felony. In order for you to be charged with 487(d)(1) the prosecutor must prove the following elements: The defendant took a vehicle owned by another person; The defendant took the vehicle without the vehicle owner’s permission or consent; When the defendant took the car, s/he intended to permanently…

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