Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle

If you have been arrested in Tarrant County and charged with the criminal offense of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle (UUMV), contact Jeff Hampton with The Hampton Law Firm immediately for a free consultation to explain your legal rights and options under Texas law.

According to Texas Penal Code, Title 7: Offenses Against Property, Chapter 31: Theft, Section 31.07, the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office will be required to prove the following elements of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle beyond a reasonable doubt:

A person commits the offense of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle if he intentionally or knowingly operates another’s boat, airplane, or motor-propelled vehicle without the effective consent of the owner.

Under Texas Penal Code, Section 31.07(b), the crime of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle is a state jail felony, punishable by a term of confinement in a Texas state jail facility of not less than 180 days but not more than 2 years. Although the crime of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle is found under the theft section of the Texas Penal Code, there is no requirement that the value of the vehicle be established. Additionally, as you can see from elements of the crime, there is no requirement by the prosecution to prove that a theft occurred. In fact, many people refer to the crime of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle as “joy riding.”

As you can see, a conviction for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle would have devastating consequences on the average citizen. Because this crime is classified as a felony, a conviction would likely result in a loss of your freedom and severely damage your reputation and limit your opportunity to obtain or retain employment. It is important to fight for your freedom and reputation by hiring an aggressive criminal lawyer that knows the courts in Tarrant County and is willing to do what it takes to protect your clean record. At The Hampton Law Firm, I will aggressively defend you from a conviction and look to negotiate a dismissal or reduction of your charges to make you eligible for this charge to be cleared from your record.

Call The Hampton Law Firm now for a free consultation to discuss your legal rights and options under Texas law. Contact Jeff Hampton at 817-877-5200.