Tampa, FL asked in Criminal Law for Florida

Q: Grand theft auto charge for renting a car without a reservsation florida?

I went to the airport for a last minute car rental, but it was 1 AM are the only lots that were open was enterprise. I rented with enterprise and national in the past and because I was a elite loyalty member I am able to skip the counter and pick a vehicle and pay for my car rental at the gate when i leave the airport lot. However this time I did not have a reservation and No staff member was available to assist me. So I ill pick a vehicle head to the gate to draft a rental agreement to pay for the car rental. however I was stopped by airport police about 30 feet from the gate. I was informed that there are no vehicles available to rent, so now i was initially detained for auto burglary. the police is checking to see wether the car rental company wanted to press charges. they did and i was arrested initially for auto burglary, but I was later charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle as well. Do I have a defense for Intent? Thanks!

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Michael Celso Gonzalez
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  • Tampa, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: I would have to see the agreement that makes you an elite member. The fact that you might be able to establish that you have done this numerous times in the past would demonstrate that there was no criminal intent whatsoever. You can reach me at 813-221-4303 to discuss, thank you.

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