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Unlawful Use of a Means of Transportation

Unlawful Use of Means of Transportation prohibits what is generally known as joyriding. The offense is defined by A.R.S. § 13-1803(A), which states that a person commits unlawful use of a means of transportation if, without intent to permanently deprive, the person either:

  1. Knowingly takes unauthorized control over another person’s means of transportation; or
  2. Knowingly is transported or physically located in a vehicle that the person knows or has reason to know is in the unlawful possession of another person pursuant to paragraph 1 or section 13-1814.

Knowingly Taking Unauthorized Control Over Another’s Vehicle

Knowingly taking unauthorized control over another person’s vehicle is a class 5 felony. For purposes of this offense, “control” has been defined as control over the vehicle while it is being used as a means of transportation. Thus, evidence that a defendant merely made unauthorized entry into a vehicle is insufficient to prove a violation of A.R.S. § 13-1803(A)(1).

Knowingly Being Located in A Vehicle That is Stolen or Under Unauthorized Control

Meanwhile, knowingly riding or being physically located in a stolen vehicle, or one that is under the unauthorized control of another, is a class 6 felony. While a class 6 felony is a slightly reduced offense, it can possibly result harsh penalties including jail or prison time. Even though this is the lowest felony offense, however, still a very serious allegation that should be taken very seriously.

Arizona Joyriding Defense Lawyer

While not as serious as Theft of a Means of Transportation, Unlawful Use of a Means of Transportation can still result in a permanent felony conviction, probation, jail or even prison. If you have been investigated for, arrested for, or charged with Unlawful Use of a Means of Transportation, you need an experienced Phoenix or Chandler criminal defense attorney to protect your rights. Contact Stone Rose Law online or by calling (480) 498-8998 now for a free consultation.