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Motor Vehicle Theft Laws

In the state of Texas, motor vehicle theft is one of the most common criminal offenses. Motor vehicle theft is the crime of illegally taking possession of another person’s automobile, as opposed to merely using a vehicle without the owner’s consent, which is a separate offense in Texas.

If you or someone you know has been charged with motor vehicle theft, you may be facing serious consequences in the event of a conviction. Contact the Houston criminal defense lawyers of Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C., at 713-222-0400 today to discuss the details of your case with a qualified member of our legal team and learn more about what you can do to defend yourself against this damaging accusation.

Penalties for Motor Vehicle Theft

In Texas, penalties for motor vehicle theft are directly related to the value of the vehicle. These penalties are as follows:

  • For vehicles valued under $1500, penalties include up to 1 year in jail and fines of up to $4000.
  • For vehicles valued between $1500 and $20,000, penalties include up to 2 years imprisonment and fines of up to $10,000.
  • For vehicles valued between $20,000 and $100,000, penalties include up to 10 years imprisonment and fines of up to $10,000.
  • For vehicles valued between $100,000 and $200,000, penalties include up to 20 years imprisonment and fines of up to $10,000.
  • For vehicles valued above $200,000, penalties include up to 99 years imprisonment and fines of up to $10,000.

These are the basic laws and penalties relating to motor vehicle theft in Texas, but other factors may bear on your particular case.

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If you or someone you know has been arrested for motor vehicle theft in Texas, you need an experienced legal defense team in order to ensure that your rights and interests are fully protected. Contact the Houston criminal attorneys of Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C., at 713-222-0400 today to begin formulating your defense.