Under Texas law, taking an unoccupied vehicle can result in charges of theft. If you use force to take an occupied vehicle, then you can face charges of carjacking.
So what if you simply borrow a car with the intention of returning it?
Well, you can face charges for that, too.
Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle is a separate but equally serious charge under Texas law. A conviction for it can have a big impact on a person’s life. If you’re not familiar with this charge, then here’s what you need to know to help you avoid turning a joyride into a crime.
Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle: What Is It?
The Texas Penal Code identifies Unauthorized Use [...]