UDAA – Unlawfully Driving Away of an Automobile is actually not a theft crime. To prove this charge the prosecutor must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a person took possession of a motor vehicle without the owner’s permission. It does not matter whether the person intended to permanently keep the vehicle. The prosecutor must also prove that the person had the specific intent to commit the offense meaning it was not a mistake. UDAA is a felony punishable by up to four years in prison. Assisting another to unlawfully possess the vehicle is unlawful too, as long as there is a specific intent to do so. Mistake is a common and effective defense to this offense. Lessor offenses include the misdemeanor offenses of joy riding and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.
If you have been charged with a theft crime in the Oakland, Wayne or Macomb County communities of Royal Oak, Bloomfield Hills, Detroit, Warren, Troy or any surrounding area and want the best defense, call Michigan Criminal Attorney Barton Morris at (248) 541-2600. Recently voted Top Attorney in Metro Detroit for 2012 and 2013 in Criminal Defense.