Q: What would most likely happen in court on a first time stolen vehicle charge in nm
A: Every case is unique and requires thorough investigation and research. Typically, a stolen vehicle case is charged as either unlawful taking of a vehicle or motor vehicle (30-16D-1) or receiving or transferring stolen vehicles or motor vehicles (30-16D-4). Both charges are 4th degree felonies in New Mexico for the first offense. Each charge is subject to 18 months incarceration and serious fines. You should consult with a criminal defense attorney to see how your jurisdiction handles these types of cases, the actual charge, and if you have any possible defenses.
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