Auto Theft


In 2010, over 26,000 motor vehicles were stolen in the state of Michigan, yet over the past 15 years, motor vehicle thefts are down over 60% in Michigan. This is largely due to strong criminal penalties placed upon auto theft offenders. If you have been accused of stealing a car, truck, or other vehicle in Michigan, you will need a dynamic defense team to fight the charges against you. Grabel & Associates is recognized as one of Michigan's top criminal defense firms, and can earn you a great result in your case.

Michigan Grand Theft Auto Charges

If you are accused of stealing a vehicle, you could be subject to a long jail sentence and large fines. Auto theft is an extremely serious criminal charge, and a conviction could have devastating effects on your future. A criminal defense lawyer will guide you through the criminal process and help you achieve the outcome that is best for you. Michigan law punishes vehicle theft harshly, and without Grabel & Associates, you could suffer for years to come. We have experience dealing with a variety of motor vehicle related charges, and will aggressively defend you in your Michigan auto theft case.

UDAA (Unlawfully Driving Away an Automobile) Charge in Michigan

If you take possession of a motor vehicle that belongs to someone else and willfully drive away, you are subject to a felony criminal conviction and a state prison sentence of up to five years, according to the Michigan Penal Code (750.413). If you even aid in the taking away or driving away of a motor vehicle that belongs to someone else, you are guilty of a felony punishable by up to five years in state prison. Grabel & Associates has experience fighting UDAA charges in Michigan and can get you an outstanding outcome in your criminal UDAA case.

If you take or use a motor vehicle without intent to steal that vehicle you are still subject to criminal penalties. Use of a motor vehicle without authorization, even without intent to steal, is punishable by up to two years in jail and fines of up to $1,500, according to the Michigan Penal Code (750.414). If you are an involved party in the use of a motor vehicle without intent to steal, you are subject to the same penalties.

If this is your first UDAA without intent to steal charge, Grabel & Associates can push for a reduced sentence, resulting in a maximum penalty of three months imprisonment and fines of up to $500. Whatever the details of your Michigan UDAA case, our lawyers will aggressively work to earn the best possible result.

Buying, Possessing, or Concealing Stolen Vehicle in Michigan

Auto theft and possession of a stolen automobile is a serious charge, but the buying, receiving, concealing, or aiding in the concealment of any stolen motor vehicle carries similarly detrimental punishment. According to Section 750.535 of the Michigan Penal Code, anyone who possesses, buys, receives, conceals, or aids in the concealment of a stolen motor vehicle with knowledge that the vehicle is stolen, embezzled, or converted is guilty of a felony punishable by up to five years prison time and a fine of either $10,000 or three times the value of the vehicle, whichever is greater. If you have a previous conviction, prosecutors can seek an enhanced sentence and put you behind bars for an even longer period of time. Grabel & Associates will help you avoid these criminal punishments and your lawyer will earn your freedom.

Our Approach to Michigan Auto Theft and UDAA Charges

Anyone accused of auto theft in Michigan will need to obtain the legal representation of a top-quality auto theft defense lawyer. Our lawyers are dedicated to achieving impressive criminal defense results, and our commitment to consistently providing excellent outcomes is why we practice only Michigan criminal defense. We have been defending Michigan's accused for over a decade, and have gained knowledge of criminal defense tactics through defending thousands of Michigan cases. We will work with you to explain the criminal issues affecting your auto theft case, and will work to explore every legal option possible for your UDAA charge.

Lawyer for Criminal Charges Involving Stolen Vehicle Defending Clients Accused of Auto Theft in Grand Rapids, Lansing, Detroit, Ann Arbor, and Throughout Michigan

Our innovative defense tactics work in criminal courts, and you can be confident that our team will provide you with first-rate defense in any stage of your auto theft case. If you are under investigation for stealing a vehicle, have already been arrested for auto theft, or have been convicted of UDAA, contact us immediately. We have established a reputation as one of Michigan's best firms by effectively defending clients in cases just like yours. Our proven results demonstrate our criminal defense skill, and our clients are consistently satisfied with the quality of legal guidance and defense provided by Grabel & Associates.

Call Now to Defend Michigan Vehicle Theft Charges

Call us, toll free, at 1-800-342-7896 if you are facing an auto theft charge. An experienced case analyst will speak with you anytime of day, any day of the week, and explain the next best legal action to take. You can also set up a free consultation with trial attorney Scott Grabel. You want an auto theft defense lawyer in Michigan who has the knowledge necessary to earn you a case dismissal or court victory. Grabel & Associates' top-notch criminal defense gives you a crucial advantage in your Michigan auto theft case.