Could I be convicted if I use a stolen car? 11 Answers as of March 08, 2013

I borrowed my friend’s car to run an errand, was pulled over and arrested because the car was reported stolen. I did not know it was stolen.

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The Law Offices of John J. Carney Esq.
The Law Offices of John J. Carney Esq. | John J. Carney
You can be arrested but unless you admitted that you knew it was stolen the prosecutor will not be able to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt. Retain a good lawyer to take the case to trial or get a public defender if you are indigent.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 3/8/2013
The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr. | Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
Could be convicted? Yes. Could be acquitted? Yes. Hire counsel.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 3/6/2013
William L. Welch, III Attorney | William L. Welch, III
Yes. Even if you testify that you didn't know, the judge or jewelry might not believe that your statement is the truth. An attorney can assist you with evaluating the prosecution's case, any defenses that you might have, and any plea offer that might be made, so that you can decide whether to plea bargain or go to trial. If you were to be found guilty, then an attorney can assist you with presenting mitigation, allocution, and a recommendation for a more lenient sentence. and a recommendation for a more lenient sentence.
Answer Applies to: Maryland
Replied: 3/6/2013
Lawrence Lewis
Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
So, you write. The prosecutor and jury have the right to disagree with your not knowing.
Answer Applies to: Georgia
Replied: 3/5/2013
Patrick Earl Attorney
Patrick Earl Attorney | Patrick Owen Earl
Getting charged with something isn't the end. It is just the beginning. You need an experienced criminal defense attorney to fight for you.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 3/5/2013
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC | John F Brennan
    Under the circumstances would seem that you should not be charged with dealing the car.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 3/5/2013
    Edward  D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law
    Edward D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law | Edward D. Dowling IV
    You should hire an attorney and disclose all the facts and circumstances.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 3/4/2013
    Randy M. Lish, Attorney at Law | Randy M. Lish
    Then that is your defense. You will have to have some evidence that you did not steal the car, usually in the form of testimony from the friend who loaned you the car, that you did not it was stolen. If he won't testify, then you have work out a plea agreement, or hope the judge or jury believes your story.
    Answer Applies to: Utah
    Replied: 3/4/2013
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S.
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S. | Steve Freeborn
    It is possible, depending upon the facts.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 3/4/2013
    Law Office of Richard Southard
    Law Office of Richard Southard | Richard C Southard
    You would need to know it was stolen or the condition of the car must be such that you should have know to be convicted. If you had to use wires or a screwdriver to start the car you are in trouble. If you had keys to the car and sufficient details about the person who lent you the car, you have a good defense.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 3/4/2013
    Law Office of Geoffrey M. Yaryan
    Law Office of Geoffrey M. Yaryan | Geoffrey M. Yaryan
    Having no knowledge that the car was stolen is a complete defense.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/4/2013
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