Chicago, IL asked in Criminal Law for Arkansas

Q: A friend loaned me there vehicle when I did not return it after 3 days the cops were called and I even had there keys

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Richard Lane Hughes
Richard Lane Hughes
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Little Rock, AR
  • Licensed in Arkansas

A: When you are loaned property it is considered to be granting you a license to use the property. This license has limits. That distinguishes a loan from a gift. The rightful owner may cancel the license or loan. The fact that one possesses the property initially with the owner's permission does not mean that the owner cannot revoke or withdraw the license.

The situation that you describe is often very fact sensitive. That is, what was the intent when you initially got the property? Where you to return it after a specific period? Where there actions taken by the owner indicating that you should return the vehicle?

Having obtained the keys to the vehicle from the owner is not a defense by itself.

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