Theft of Motor Vehicle Parts in Tennessee

Have you been charged with theft of motor vehicle parts? If so, you may potentially face imprisonment, exorbitant fines, and other serious penalties that could impact your future for the worse. To protect your rights and your very freedom, you need to get in touch with an experienced Knoxville criminal defense lawyer right away.

At Baker Associates, our tenacious trial attorneys prioritize our clients' well-being above all else and fight aggressively to achieve the best possible outcome in every case. With our help, you may have your penalties significantly reduced, or even have your charges dropped altogether. A property theft conviction in Tennessee is not a laughing matter; it can seriously make your life much more difficult down the line. To give yourself the best chance at a better tomorrow, call us today at (866) 853-2888 to receive high quality legal representation.

What Constitutes Theft of Motor Vehicle Parts or Accessories?

This type of theft crime is defined as "the theft of any part or accessory affixed to the interior or exterior of a motor vehicle in a manner which would make the item an attachment of the vehicle or necessary for its operation." Parts or accessories that fall under this definition include motors, transmissions, radios, air conditioning systems, license plates, side-view mirrors, etc.

There are no laws in the state of Tennessee that specifically address the theft of motor vehicle parts or accessories; rather, this crime falls under the umbrella of property theft, and is handled accordingly in the criminal justice system.

So, what does this mean for those accused of this crime?

Penalties for Theft of Motor Vehicle Parts or Accessories

The penalties for a theft conviction increase in severity in accordance with the value of the stolen property, according to the following categories:

  1. $500 or lessClass A misdemeanor punishable by an imprisonment term of no more than 11 months and 29 days, and/or a fine of up to $2,500.
  2. Between $500 and $1,000Class E Felony punishable by a prison sentence between one and six years, probation, restitution, and a fine of up to $3,000 along with court fees.
  3. Between $1,000 and $10,000Class D Felony punishable by a prison sentence between two and 12 years, probation, restitution, and a fine of up to $5,000 along with court costs.

There are higher classifications – all the way up to Class A Felony – for property theft involving items valued at five- or even six-figure sums, though these rarely come into play in this type of criminal case.

Defending Your Charge

Being accused of a crime is not the same as being convicted. The prosecution has to establish beyond all reasonable doubt your guilt, which means, in the case of property theft, s/he has to prove that you intentionally took the item from its owner without his/her consent. There are many ways to defend against this accusation and weaken the prosecution's case, including claim of right to the property, entrapment, intoxication, lack of eyewitness credibility, and more. Consult with a knowledgeable attorney who can formulate and employ an effective defense for your case.

Why Choose Baker Associates?

From years of experience as prosecutors for the state, our firm's attorneys have acquired the insider knowledge necessary to give the clients we defend an edge in their criminal cases. To speak with one of our dedicated legal staff in a free consultation, contact our office today.


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