Knoxville, TN asked in Criminal Law for Tennessee

Q: Bought a car, didn't get title, owner reported it stolen, let friend borrow car, they were pulled over and arrested.

Bought a car from a lady. She didn't have the title at the moment, and said she would contact me when she had it to come back and get it. Let a friend drive the car, and they were pulled over and arrested for car being reported stolen. I have 3 witnesses of the money being given to the lady, and of doing repairs to the car to make it driveable. It was $1000 in repairs alone, plus the $900 I paid for the car. Friends attorney now says I just have to show up to court and tell the court I had paid for the car and didn't get the title. Says I don't need my witnesses. Am I going to be arrested when I go to court?

Also, can I press charges against this lady for filing false charges about the car being stolen?

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1 Lawyer Answer
Cayley Turrin
Cayley Turrin
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Franklin, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: There is a chance the State could indict you on this charge but you do not have a right in your friends prelim to bring witnesses on your behalf.

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