In North Carolina, the general larceny laws are used when charging people found in possession of stolen vehicles. According to NC criminal statutes, larceny is taking another person’s property (in this case, a vehicle) without their permission with the goal of permanently robbing them of it.
Under these laws, you can be charged with a felony or misdemeanor, depending on the dollar value of the stolen vehicle. If the stolen vehicle’s monetary value exceeds $1,000, that’s considered a Class H felony. In contrast, if its value is under a thousand dollars, the person is charged with a Class 1 misdemeanor.
To be found guilty of the Class H felony, the state must prove beyond any reasonable doubt that:
- You were illegally possessing the vehicle without permission or required legal authority
- You know or should have reasonably known or believed that the automobile was illegally owned or stolen
It’s your right to get legal representation when any charges are pressed against you. Therefore, if you have been indicted for possessing a stolen vehicle, get in touch as soon as possible with North Carolina stolen vehicle attorneys at King Law for expert consultation.