Howell, NJ asked in Criminal Law for New Jersey

Q: Can I be convicted of a stolen car if I did not return a car rental until 5 months after the return date..

I rented the car in my name, used my bankcard to rent it which had a balance of no lower than 3,000 dollars at all time of me in possession of said vehicle/ property.. I also paid off the entire ballance for the said balance that had accumulated with the extra time I had the rental vehicle

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H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • East Brunswick, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: Yes you generally can, unless your rental agreement was for a 5 month term. Obviously, a lawyer would need to review your rental contract, but this charge is not unheard of for people who rent a car on a daily or weekly basis when they fail to turn back the car at the end of the rental period.

James A. Abate
James A. Abate
Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Somerville, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: You can be and it sounds like you have been. When you rent a vehicle and know when it is due back and you don't return it, then you are considered to have stolen it. If you keep it for 5 months, then absolutely. Restitution is one the pieces of leverage your attorney would have, but sounds like you already paid that. Don't make any more mistakes. Get an attorney.

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