Expert Attorneys in Littleton, Jefferson County, or Colorado, Ready to Represent You
If you have been accused of Joy Riding (officially known as Aggravated Motor Vehicle Theft in the second degree), you have the right to fight the charges. An experienced attorney can help. At Pearson & Paris, P.C., we have more than 50 years of combined legal experience that we will use in your defense. Perhaps more importantly, our top criminal defense attorney is a former senior prosecutor who knows how district attorneys handle these cases. That knowledge allows us to create effective strategies ranging from negotiation to courtroom battles.
Call us at 303-872-4719 in the greater Denver area or toll free at 888-725-2609 across Colorado for a free initial consultation. You can also contact us online.
Whether in the Denver area, or anywhere in Colorado, Joy Riding occurs where a person knowingly obtains or exercises control over the motor vehicle of another person without authorization or by threat or deception.
Possible consequences for Joy Riding
The possible consequences of Joy Riding depend on the value of the motor vehicle in question. For a motor vehicle with a value of $20,000 or more, the offense is a class 5 felony, and the sentence could be: (1) probation, with a possible jail sentence as a condition of probation of up to ninety (90) days, or up to a two (2) year work release sentence as a condition of probation, or (2) a sentence to the department of corrections of one (1) to three (3 years, but as much as six years if the court finds the presence of exceptional circumstances, with a mandatory parole period of two years.
For a Motor Vehicle with a value of less than $20,000 but more than $1,000, the offense is a class 6 felony, and the sentence could be: (1) probation, with a possible jail sentence as a condition of probation of up to ninety (90) days, or up to a two years (2) year work release sentence as a condition of probation, or (2) a sentence to the department of corrections of one (1) year to eighteen (18) months, but as much as three (3) years if the court finds the presence of exceptional circumstances, with a mandatory parole period of one year.
Possible Defenses for Joy Riding
The general approach to defending a Joy Riding will generally focus on analyzing whether the person exercised control over the vehicle with the consent of the owner. Many times, people will obtain control of a motor vehicle with the consent of the owner, who then unbeknownst to the driver revokes that consent. Second, the defense may center on other circumstances particular to the specific allegations of how the alleged Joy Riding was committed.
The remaining defenses that may be applied in a Joy Riding case apply with equal force to those that may apply in any other criminal case. This includes an analysis of any violation of constitutional rights, such as the right to remain silent, the right to counsel, the right to have any searches and seizures bases on probable cause, a proper warrant, and the right to due process in the proper preservation of evidence that may be used against you. There are many other defenses that are available that rely on scrutinizing and exposing weaknesses in the prosecutor's case, such as: biased or incompetent witnesses, flawed crime scene investigation, flawed administration and procedures in collecting breath, blood, or urine for forensic testing, incompetent computer evidence, flawed photo line-ups, and inaccurate crime scene / accident reconstructions.
It is important that you hire a skilled and experienced Joy Riding lawyer to defend you in a Joy Riding case in Littleton, Jefferson County, or across Colorado.
Call us at 303-872-4719 in the greater Denver area or toll free across Colorado at 888-725-2609 for a free initial consultation. You can also contact us online.