Grand Theft Auto is considered a felony in Minnesota, and it carries with it some serious consequences.
Similar to shoplifting charges, the severity of a theft crime is largely based on the value of the items that are stolen. Under Chapter 609 of the Minnesota Criminal Code, a theft crime is considered petty theft if the value of the property or services is less than $500. That said, there are certain items that if stolen will automatically result in felony charges even if the value is less than $500. As you may have guessed, a motor vehicle is one such item. Others include stealing:
- A firearm
- Court records
- Any property taken from a corpse or coffin
- From the state or county
Grand Theft Auto Penalties
If the stolen item is a motor vehicle, the perpetrator will be charged with Grand Theft Auto. Penalties for Grand Theft Auto in Minnesota include:
- Up to five years in prison, and/or
- Up to $10,000 in fines
A person will also be liable for any damage to the stolen car or any other property while in possession of the stolen vehicle.
Minneapolis Auto Theft Attorney
In a perfect world, Grand Theft Auto would remain in the video game realm, but we know that isn’t the case. A felony theft charge could result in huge fines and jail time, not to mention strained personal relationships and the potential loss of employment. Let us help you in your time of need. If you or someone you know has been charged with automobile theft, contact the experienced Minneapolis Grand Theft Auto attorneys at Appelman Law Firm.