Penalties for Stealing Automobiles

Grand theft auto is the crime of stealing or taking an automobile without consent from the owner. When an offender uses violence, force or a weapon to steal a car, it is considered carjacking, which is both a violent crime and a felony crime. As grand theft auto is a form of theft, the charges for this crime will depend on the value of the stolen car.

The degrees of grand theft auto are determined by the value of the vehicle, such as:

  • First Degree: $100,000 or more
  • Second Degree: Between $20,000 and $100,000
  • Third Degree: Between $300 and $20,000

While the extent of the penalties will depend largely on the degree of grand theft charges you are facing, the penalties are always life-altering.

Typically, a conviction will include the following types of penalties:

  • Incarceration in a state prison
  • Probation or parole
  • No less than $5,000 in fines
  • Community service hours

With a criminal record, your livelihood will also be affected. You may find it more difficult to get a job or secure housing.

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