Colorado Springs Auto Theft Defense Attorneys
Proving Car Theft
As the name suggests, auto theft is stealing another person's vehicle with no intention of returning it. If you steal a car in Colorado, you will very likely be facing a felony charge. The class of felony depends on the value of the vehicle that you allegedly took. A judge could impose hefty fines or even send you to jail for an extended period of time.
If you used violence or the threat of violence to take a vehicle from another person, your punishment will likely be quite harsh. Regardless of the circumstances, it is crucial to hire a Colorado Springs criminal defense lawyer who will be on your side. Contact The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. to connect with a knowledgeable attorney who has experience building effective defense auto theft cases.
Proving Auto Theft
In many instances, alleged car thefts turn out to be simple misunderstandings. For instance, you may have a friend or family member who regularly allows you to borrow his or her vehicle. Perhaps you needed to borrow it one day when the owner wasn't around and assumed it would be okay for you to do so. If that person then assumes someone stole the vehicle and reports it, the police could lay auto theft charges against you. To prevent such mix-ups in Colorado, the accused must usually do one or more of the following for a court to prove he or she committed a car theft:
- Keep the car for at least 24 hours
- Make efforts to conceal the identity of the car (by changing the VIN, the color or the license plates, for example)
- Commit a crime or injure someone else while the vehicle is in his or her possession
- Leave the state with the vehicle for at least 12 hours
Mounting an Auto Theft Defense
Strong defense against an auto theft allegation can be built in some situations. If you borrowed a friend's car, made no attempt to conceal the fact you took it (by changing the license plates, for example) and had it for less than a day when you were arrested, the prosecution will have a hard time proving you intended to keep the car. If you threatened a stranger behind the wheel of a car with a firearm to take possession of a vehicle, a defense may be more difficult. Regardless of the circumstances, though, securing legal representation is always a wise idea.
Attorney Timothy Bussey of The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. has experience on both sides of the courtroom as a District Attorney and an aggressive defense lawyer. He will work diligently to ensure a court will find you not guilty or possibly reduce your charges. Your best course of action will depend mainly on the specifics of the situation. Contact us today to arrange a free initial consultation to find out more.