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Grand Larceny of a Vehicle

Article 155. What is Larceny of a Vehicle in New York? In New York, larceny of a motor vehicle involves the unlawful taking of a motor vehicle. The unlawful taking is done without the consent of the true owner. Also, the vehicle is taken with the intent of not returning it. This is known as permanently depriving the rightful owner of their vehicle. What is Grand Larceny of a Vehicle in New York? The same legal statute applies to grand larceny of a motor vehicle. You are accused of unlawful taking of the vehicle. Also, you are accused of not returning the vehicle to its rightful owner. However, larceny crimes are prosecuted according to the dollar value of the property. This means you are charged with grand larceny because the dollar value of the vehicle is more than $1,000. The Degrees of Larceny Larceny of a vehicle is separated into various categories according to the dollar value of the vehicle. For instance, grand larceny in the fourth degree is defined as taking a vehicle valued at $1,000 to $3,000. Third-degree grand larceny of a vehicle is a taking a vehicle valued from $3,000 to $50,000. Grand larceny in the second degree is the taking of a vehicle that has a value ranging from $50,000 to $1 million. The most serious of the four charges is grand larceny in the first degree. This charge involves taking a motor vehicle valued higher than $1 million. Punishment for Grand Larceny in New York Remember that you haven’t been convicted of taking the motor vehicle. You’ve only been accused. This motor vehicle theft case has various punishments according to the value of the vehicle. Here is the break down of the criminal sentences for stealing a motor vehicle in New York: • Fourth degree grand larceny of a motor vehicle is one to four years in state prison. • Third degree grand larceny of a motor vehicle is two to seven years in state prison. • Grand larceny of a vehicle in the second degree is five to 15 years in state prison. • First degree grand larceny is up to 25 years in state prison. Only grand larceny of a vehicle in the first degree has a minimum prison sentence requirement. The least amount of time you can spend in prison is one to three years. If you are considered a predicate felon, the minimum prison time is four and one half years to nine years in prison. The maximum time in prison is 12 to 25 years in state prison. Predicate felon has more than one felony within a 10-year period. That fact is used against them at sentencing. Discuss Your Larceny of a Motor Vehicle in New York It’s a serious, scary matter when you are facing any type of auto theft crime. A larceny of a vehicle can greatly impact your life because the punishment includes possible prison time. Since the consequences of larceny of a vehicle are so devastating, don’t leave your defense to chance. Prosecutors are going to take it easy on you because you are young or don’t have a criminal record. They want a conviction. Contact us. Our law offices will protect your constitutional rights and provide you with a strong defense. The most common defenses to grand larceny of a vehicle include consent to take the vehicle, lack of intent and mistake of fact. For example, if the vehicle’s owner gave you consent to use the vehicle, you can use that as your defense. Your specific defense is based on the facts of your case. We offer a free consultation to assist you in resolving your auto theft case. Contact us immediately.]]>

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