Larceny of a Motor Vehicle

The crime of Larceny of a Motor Vehicle is defined as the stealing or the unlawful taking of the motor vehicle of another.

Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 266, Section 28, punishes the crime of Larceny of a Motor Vehicle with imprisonment in the House of Corrections for up to 2.5 years, or commitment to state prison for up to 15 years.

In order to prove the crime of Larceny of a Motor Vehicle, the prosecutor is required to prove, beyond a reasonable doubt: 
  1. That the defendant took and carried away a motor vehicle;
  2. That the motor vehicle was owned by someone other than the defendant; and
  3. That the defendant did so with the intent to deprive that person of the motor vehicle permanently.
The element of "taking and carrying away" is accomplished if the defendant unlawfully physically transfers the property from the other person's control or possession to his own possession or control.  For purposes of this crime, it does not matter if the transfer involves only slight movement, or if it lasts only for a short time.

Boston Criminal Lawyer Lefteris K. Travayiakis has extensive experience in defending persons accused of the crime of Larceny of a Motor Vehicle, as well as other Theft Crimes.

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