People depend on their vehicles to commute to school or work. The law holds people liable for any reckless or illegal decisions made behind the wheel of a vehicle, so when a vehicle is stolen or used against the will of the owner, the court may become involved. Unauthorized use of a vehicle is the operation of another person's motor vehicle without the owner's consent.
Many people who decide to operate a vehicle without the owner of the vehicle's consent may be surprised to find out that even if he or she has a past relationship with the owner, he or she can still be charged for the unauthorized use of the vehicle. Vehicle owners have the option to press charges even against an individual with whom they have a personal relationship.
If the owner does not know the person who has operated his or her vehicle, then his or her vehicle has likely been stolen. Owners usually press charges against the criminal who willfully stole and operated his or her automobile, boat, airplane, or other motored vehicle. Individuals charged with the unauthorized use of a vehicle may face a felony conviction and possible jail time.
If you or someone you know has been charged with the unauthorized use of a vehicle, you will need experienced legal counsel on your side. Contact Austin criminal lawyer Ian Inglis by calling (512) 472-1950.