Car Theft

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, a car is stolen every five minutes in our state. This staggering statistic means that people who own and lease automobiles in Texas should take great pains to protect their vehicles from theft. To help combat the growing problem of vehicle theft, state law enforcement agencies enforce strict penalties for violations involving cars, trucks, and other passenger vehicles.

In Texas, vehicle theft is considered a state jail felony, and individuals accused of the crime may face further penalties including fines, court costs, and other punishment. If you or someone you know has been accused of car theft, contact Austin criminal defense lawyer Ian Inglis at (512) 472-1950.

Auto Theft Penalties

Common penalties for auto theft include:

  • Felony prosecution by the state
  • Imprisonment in a state jail facility for 2-6 years
  • If a weapon was used to commit the crime, the time of imprisonment may be far greater
  • Restitution may be required for court costs and attorney’s fees
  • Fines may be imposed along with jail time

It is important to note that unauthorized use of a motor vehicle is also a crime in Texas. Individuals who use another person’s vehicle without permission may be prosecuted for unauthorized use, or in some cases, may be charged with theft of the automobile.

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If you have been charged with stealing a vehicle, contact Austin auto theft attorney Ian Inglis today at (512) 472-1950 to discuss the facts of your case.


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