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Q: I just want to know what will be the consequences of your first time getting arrested on a 609.546,but don’t know stolen

Like for example my cousin had pick me up to take me to my girlfriend house but I didn’t know the. Vehicle was stolen he lied to me saying it was legit and I had a clean record never been arrested

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Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson
Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Rogers, MN
  • Licensed in Minnesota

A: It is a misdemeanor offense - Tampering with a Motor Vehicle.

A person is guilty of a misdemeanor who intentionally:

(1) rides in or on a motor vehicle knowing that the vehicle was taken and is being driven by another without the owner's permission; or

(2) tampers with or enters into or on a motor vehicle without the owner's permission.

A misdemeanor carries a maximum punishment of 90 days in jail and/or a $1,000 fine. You should take this seriously and get legal representation. A misdemeanor such as this on your record could make it difficult to find a job or get housing since it is essentially a theft related offense.

Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher
Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Licensed in Minnesota

A: The consequences of being arrested are typically minimal. But the consequences of being convicted of 609.546 MOTOR VEHICLE TAMPERING, is a misdemeanor: a maximum of 90 days jail and-or $1,000. Worse, would be having a public criminal record of conviction, bonus points for a crime of dishonesty. [Doors slamming shut.] Get help from a public defender or a private criminal defense attorney to prevent that. And avoid trouble in the future.

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