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
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.