California Joyriding Attorney
Have you been charged with Joyriding? Time is not on your side! Contact Weber Law today!
Driving a car can be fun, but there are instances where it can get you into trouble. If you have been charged with unlawful driving or taking of a vehicle, also known as joyriding, you could be facing a hefty fine. Let Weber Law help you today!
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California Joyriding Charges and Penalties
What is Joyriding and how is it different from Theft?
Any person who drives or takes a vehicle not his or her own, without the consent of the owner, and with intent either to permanently, or temporarily deprive the owner of his or her title to or possession of the vehicle, whether with or without intent to steal the vehicle, or any person who is a party or an accessory to or an accomplice in the driving or unauthorized taking or stealing of the vehicle is guilty of joyriding.
Joyriding is charged as theft in California.
There are different “levels” of theft in California, grand theft is one of the most serious levels of theft. Grand theft is when money, labor, or real or personal property taken is of a value exceeding $950.00.
It is important to note that you can be charged with other crimes as well at the same time, so you can be charged with theft and joyriding. Examples include borrowing a friend’s car without permission or hotwiring a car.
As there can be multiple charges it is important to have legal counsel represent you who is knowledgeable in the law.
What is the Punishment?
Joyriding is often punished as a misdemeanor, which is punishable by imprisonment for up to one year, a fine of $5,000.00, or both. There are instances where the penalties are increased to a felony level. This includes driving an ambulance, police vehicle, or having prior felony convictions dealing with theft. A felony is punishable by imprisonment for up to three years, and an increased fine, or both.
Even as a Defendant, you still have Rights! Make sure yours were not violated!
Even as an individual facing criminal charges, you have rights, and it is important to know those rights and make sure that they were not violated in any way when you were arrested or charged. Without extensive knowledge of your rights when it comes to police searches, Miranda rights, and your rights when it comes to arrest, it is extremely difficult to get a dismissal or reduction. Do not try to fight these charges on your own—Weber Law is ready to help you today.
Contact Weber Law immediately if you’ve been arrested on a joyriding charge. We offer a free confidential case evaluation – serving Los Angeles and the surrounding areas.
What should you do if you have been charged with Joyriding and what can Weber Law do to help you?
If you have been accused of joyriding, let Weber Law help you today. It can be a stressful situation to have criminal charges pending and Weber Law will work for you. Let Weber Law work to have your citation dismissed or dropped to a lower offense. If that is not possible, we will negotiate the best deal for you, which could include a shorter jail time or no jail time, and a lesser fine.
There are potential defenses against a charge of joyriding including thinking you had permission. Weber Law will look at every aspect of your case, including surveillance footage, eyewitness testimonies, and even your prior criminal record. Let Weber Law build the best defense for you! A charge of joyriding on your record could potentially hurt future job offers, especially in the vehicle industry, and will remain on your record for the rest of your life. Weber Law is experienced in defending these charges and getting you back to a life free of criminal charges. It is never a good idea to face these charges without an attorney. The court room can be intimidating, and you need someone with experience. Any blemish on your record can have detrimental effects on the rest of your life. Let Weber Law’s experienced attorneys fight for you in court. If you or someone you know has been accused of joyriding in the State of California, contact Weber Law today for a consultation.
CA Vehicle § 10851, Theft and unlawful driving or taking of a vehicle
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