Asked in Criminal Law for Indiana

Q: What to do

Dear Attorneys My story IN ELKHART IN starts by a detectives calling me asking about a stolen vehicle that I sold to a gentlemen out of mishawaka. Yes is true the vehicle that I sold was stolen in which I bought from a lady with the title and keys in which it needed mechanical work I thought it was a good deal I bought the car bought some parts and got it fix and sold it I had no knowledge I was fixing and selling a stolen car. I looked up Vin number 2 times and the vehicle was not reported stolen at least for 2 weeks after I bought it. Several weeks go by I received a phone call from a detective wanting to talk to me about the car. I spoke with him on the phone I explain and he wanted me to stop by his office at this point I am freaking out I never had to talk to a detective before. I immediately do a Google search on what to do and it takes me to you tube there’s countless of videos o

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James A Hanson
James A Hanson
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Fort Wayne, IN
  • Licensed in Indiana

A: This is an issue that you really need to discuss confidentially with an attorney.

I will say that in criminal matters there is a requirement that the person did the prohibited act with certain level of intent. Usually this intent is "knowingly" or "intentionally." If you did not "knowingly" or "intentionally" deprive the rightful owner of possession or benefit of the vehicle, then you likely are not culpable for any crime.

This is a basic legal theory answer. It is not intended to be advice specific to your situation as I do not know all the facts and circumstances of your case and would advise you NOT to spell them all out in a public forum like this.

You need to seek the advice of a local attorney in this matter as soon as possible.

Andrew L. Bennett agrees with this answer

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