Possession of Stolen Vehicle

Possession of a stolen vehicle charges in SC require that you had control over the vehicle (i.e. you were driving it), but it also requires that you had knowledge that the vehicle was stolen.

When the police find you in or near a vehicle that has been reported as stolen, they might arrest first and ask questions later – police don’t always know or care that knowledge is an element that must be proven. And, they are hoping that you will confess or give them information on other individuals once they have charged you…

What Are the Penalties for Possession of a Stolen Vehicle in SC?

This charge is like other property crimes in that the sentence is determined by the value of the vehicle:

  • If the value of the vehicle is greater than $10,000, it carries a potential sentence of up to ten years in prison;
  • If the value of the vehicle is more than two thousand dollars but less than ten thousand dollars, it carries a potential sentence of up to five years in prison; and
  • If the value of the vehicle is less than two thousand dollars, it carries a potential sentence of up to 30 days in prison.

You can be charged with possession of a stolen vehicle whether or not you took the car – the offense consists of 1) possessing the car 2) while you knew that it was stolen.

What Else Could I Be Charged With Based on a Stolen Vehicle?

If the police have any evidence that you stole the vehicle, you could instead be charged with grand larceny, which carries the same potential penalties.

If you borrowed a car or other vehicle without permission, you could be charged with "use of vehicle without permission." This charge is a misdemeanor which carries up to three years, but - if the intent to deprive the owner of use of the vehicle was temporary and the taking of the vehicle was not connected to any other crime, it is reduced to a maximum sentence of one year.

SC Possession of Stolen Vehicle Attorney in Columbia, Lexington, and Myrtle Beach

Lacey Thompson limits her practice to criminal defense in SC courts, including larceny, possession of stolen vehicle, and temporary unlawful use of vehicle (joyriding) charges.

If you have been charged with possession of a stolen vehicle or any crime in Horry County, Richland County, or Lexington County, call the Thompson & Hiller Defense Firm now at (843) 444-6122 or contact us online for a free initial consultation about your case.

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