Possession of a Stolen Vehicle in Oklahoma is a crime the Tulsa County district attorneys office hotly pursues. In early June of 2017 an unmarked police vehicle was stolen in South Tulsa. The vehicle did not have any external markings, but did hold a pepper spray ball, a ballistic shield, and handheld radio. As of June 9th, the vehicle whereabouts are still unknown. While stealing a police car is not necessarily the average crime, vehicle theft in Oklahoma does account for nearly $15 million worth of lost property. This makes the possibility of buying a stolen vehicle from a private dealer more likely. If you find that you are in possession of a stolen vehicle, this article will help you learn more about the legal ramifications and how to defend this type of criminal charge in Tulsa County.
Possession of a Stolen Vehicle in Oklahoma
Stealing a vehicle is obviously a crime. However, possessing a stolen vehicle is another, separate crime. Under 47 O.S. § 4-103, the State has a set of elements they must show in order to win a conviction against you. First, you must have the vehicle in your possession. Second, you must be aware the vehicle is illegal and an item of theft. Third, you must have no legal right to possess the vehicle—no title, no proof of buying the vehicle, etc. So, if you are purchasing a vehicle from a private dealer, we highly recommend you get a receipt and require the title.
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State Penalties for Possessing a Stolen Vehicle
The State of Oklahoma considers possession of a stolen vehicle a felony. In general, you may face 1-5 years imprisonment. It is likely you will also face fines and court costs. These could range from a few hundred dollars to $5,000 or more. Felony convictions will remain on your permanent record. This will require you to either live with not being able to possess a firearm and have disqualifications from certain employment and licenses, or get an expungement to restore all these rights.
Tulsa Stolen Car Defense Lawyers Can Help You
We understand that sometimes you find yourself in unexpected situations. If you are in possession of a stolen vehicle, with or without knowing it, we can help. Our attorneys have the skill and experience you need to easily walk through the court process. Let us help you. Our first consultation is free.
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