Houston Auto Theft Defense Attorney

The Law Office of Jason Luong, PLLC Can Help You

The state of Texas prohibits theft, or the willful taking of property from its owner with the intention of depriving the owner of that property. This includes motor vehicles of all types, such as automobiles, boats, trucks, motorcycles, and others. The different classes of theft are designated by the value of the object that is stolen; theft of a motor vehicle in Texas is almost always classified as “Grand Theft Auto.”

If you have been accused of auto theft, then it is vitally important that you seek a dedicated defense attorney. Attorney Luong of The Law Office of Jason Luong, PLLC is a former prosecutor who will put his knowledge and experience of more than a decade of criminal law practice to work to defend you.

Have you been arrested or charged with auto theft? Contact our Houston theft crime lawyer to request a free case evaluation today.

Definitions of Various Auto Theft Crimes

There are several classifications of auto theft recognized by the state of Texas, each with their own distinct levels and punishments.

  • Carjacking When the use of threat or force is involved, the theft is considered a carjacking, and the offense is charged under Texas’s robbery laws.
  • Joyriding It is considered a criminal offense to take or operate a vehicle without the consent of the vehicle’s owner, but the crime is considered joyriding when the accused intends to return the vehicle back to its owner, or to temporarily deprive the owner of the vehicle. Unlike carjacking, joyriding is not considered “Grand Theft Auto.”
  • Failing to Return a Rental Car Failing to return a rental car could be prosecuted under Texas’s general theft statute, even though the property in question is a vehicle.

Offering Tough Defense Against Auto Theft Charges

· Regardless of what auto theft offense you’ve been charged with, the penalties you face are severe and potentially life-changing. When you retain the experienced team at The Law Office of Jason Luong, PLLC, our Houston criminal defense attorney can mount a strong defense on your behalf, including:

  • Consent If a defendant claims they believed they had the permission of the owner of the vehicle to operate it, then the charges may be altered to a less severe crime. If the defendant had permission to operate the vehicle at the time, then no crime was committed.
  • Intent If the defendant claims they did not intend to operate the vehicle in a way that deprived the owner of it, then the crime would be reduced to unauthorized use instead of theft.

The Texas Penal Code Ann. §§ 12.04, 12.35 states that punishments for auto theft in Texas can include fines of up to $10,000 and jail sentences of up to 10 years, or possibly life imprisonment. Due to these harsh penalties, it is critical that you secure tough defense from an attorney who knows how to win.

Attorney Jason Luong is an award-winning attorney with more than 15 years of experience with criminal law. As a former prosecutor, he is uniquely qualified to mount a strong, effective defense to protect your rights and freedom. If you have been arrested or charged with auto theft, don’t wait!

Contact the Law Office of Jason Luong, PLLC at (713) 489-2009 to set up your free consultation with our experienced Houston auto theft attorney today.

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