Motor Vehicle Theft
There are several different offenses categorized under the umbrella of motor vehicle theft under Georgia law. Some are charged as misdemeanors and others as felonies—all are prosecuted aggressively.
Misdemeanor Motor Vehicle Theft Crimes
Joyriding/criminal trespass is a misdemeanor, as is theft by taking or receiving stolen property if the motor vehicle is valued at less than $5,000. These offenses are punishable by a maximum fine of $1,000 and up to a year in prison.
Felony Motor Vehicle Theft Crimes
Penalties for other motor vehicle theft crimes, which are charged as felonies are listed below:
- Hijacking a motor vehicle: up to $100,000 in fines and up to 20 years in prison
- Theft by taking or receiving stolen property:
- Valued between $5,000 and $24,999: maximum 10 years in prison and $100,000 in fines
- Valued greater than $25,000: maximum 20 years in prison and $100,000 in fines
- Owning and/or operating a chop shop: maximum 10 years in prison and $100,000 in fines