Michigan False Motor Vehicle Title Attorneys
Motor Vehicle Crimes Defense
Expert False Title of a Motor Vehicle Defense
Are you in need of a Michigan False Motor Vehicle Title defense? The trial attorneys at The Kronzek Firm PLC, have been defending a wide variety of automobile related crimes for many years. If you would like the benefit of a law firm that has consistently earned excellent results defending clients for nearly 20 years, you can reach us at 866-766-5245.
The Crime of Passing Title or Transferring Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle
A person who knowingly makes a false statement either in an application for a certificate of title—or in an assignment of that title to another individual—may be charged with a felony. The context of this charge tends to be offering the statement in connection with passing title for a stolen motor vehicle. Basically, anything you put in writing to the Michigan Secretary of State regarding your title or ownership of a vehicle is subject to scrutiny and possible criminal charges.
Furthermore, being charged with this does not exclude a person from being charged with receiving or concealing a stolen motor vehicle or other related crimes. In other words, other charges may arise in conjunction with this offense.
Penalty for False Motor Vehicle Title Charges
The maximum penalty is 10 years in prison, a fine up to $5,000.00, or both. As with all felony charges in Michigan, an actual sentence will be affected by the Michigan Sentencing Guidelines.
The Elements of a False Title Charge
The prosecutor must prove all of the following beyond a reasonable doubt at trial for a conviction to occur. First, the defendant applied for a title of a motor vehicle. Second, the defendant made a false statement of a material fact; that is, an essential fact needed for a valid transfer to result. Third, the defendant knew that a false statement was being made at the time it was given.
There are many circumstances that the prosecutor could use to support a case against you, including if you requested a duplicate title or perhaps an expedited transfer of title as an indication of knowing the car was stolen. However, the most common scenario remains that a person intentionally makes an untrue statement in order to conceal the fact that the car is stolen or has been totaled and re-built.
Our Approach to Criminal Defense
We believe in taking a different approach than other criminal defense firms. We work with our clients instead of simply working for them. A client is an important member of our defense team, helping us to craft the strongest possible defense for that case. Every case is different and we treat it as such. Therefore, we tailor each defense strategy for a client’s individualized needs.
In addition, we return phone calls, meet with you to discuss your case, strategize with other attorneys in the office, and update you on all important developments. Contact us today if you would like a free consultation. You can also call us at (866) 766-5245. We always have an attorney on call to assist you promptly.