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Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle

Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle Lawyer-Defending PSMV Criminal Charges

If you are arrested for stealing a motor vehicle, or if you are in possession of a stolen motor vehicle, you could be charged with the Illinois crime of Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle (PSMV).  Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle is a very serious criminal charge in Illinois.  Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle is a class 3 felony in Illinois which carries a possible prison sentence of between 3 to 7 years.  If the vehicle is taken by the use of threats or deception you could also be charged with additional crimes which could carry additional criminal penalties.  If you are charged with Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle you need to talk to an experienced Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle lawyer immediately.  When you are facing Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle charges in Illinois, it is essential that your lawyer begin working on your case immediately. An experienced Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle attorney will understand how important it is that an investigation of the circumstances surrounding the facts of your case and the arrest begin immediately.

Effective Defense of Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle Charges By a Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle Lawyer in Illinois

Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle lawyer, James Dimeas, has spent the past 25 years representing individuals charged with Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle charges throughout Cook County, DuPage County, Lake County, and Kane County.  Mr. Dimeas's 25 years of experience has given him the knowledge of police procedures and investigative procedures in Possession of Stolen Motor Vehicle cases that allows Mr. Dimeas to provide unprecedented legal services to people charged with Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle in Illinois.  Every Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle case in Illinois is different.  James Dimeas is a Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle lawyer who understands that every case has to be examined thoroughly and the investigative techniques used by the police and investigators have to be aggressively analyzed to determine the best way to defend a Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle case.  James Dimeas's is a Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle lawyer who has 25 years of experience handling Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle cases throughout Cook County, DuPage County, Lake County and Kane County which gives him the unique perspective and experience needed to challenge the state's evidence and have evidence thrown out and excluded at trial.  Effective representation in Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle cases in Illinois is critical to defeating charges like this in Court.

Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle Auto Theft: Overview of Illinois Law

There's several ways that you can be charged with Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle 625 ILCS 5/4-103 in Illinois.  They include:

  • If you receive or transfer a vehicle knowing that it has been stolen;
  • Alter a vehicle identification number (VIN);
  • If you receive or transfer a vehicle knowing that the vehicle identification number (VIN) has been altered.

Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle is a crime that requires knowledge.  It's not enough to possess a vehicle that was stolen.  The state is required to prove in court that you knew that the vehicle was stolen or that the vehicle identification number (VIN) was altered.  An experienced Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle lawyer, like James Dimeas, will know how to challenge this important and essential element of the state's case.

Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle is a Class 2 felony in Illinois which carries a possible prison sentence of between 3 to 7 years.  Depending on the facts of the case, you could also be charged with additional criminal charges which could carry more severe penalties.  For instance, if a weapon or threats of force were used to obtain possession of the vehicle, you could be charged with Vehicular Hijacking 720 ILCS 5/18-3 or Aggravated Vehicular Hijacking 720 ILCS 5/18-4.  Vehicular Hijacking is a Class 1 felony, which carries 4 to 15 years in prison.  Probation is not available for Vehicular Hijacking.  Aggravated Vehicular Hijacking is a Class X felony which carries a minimum prison sentence of six years.  The possible penalties for a typical Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle case can vary depending on the facts of the case and all of the criminal charges that could be brought in a prosecution involving Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle.

Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle Penalties in Illinois

Since the value of most stolen vehicles is over $10,000, Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle is a Class 2 felony which carries a possible prison sentence of between 3 to 7 years.  In addition to a possible prison sentence there are additional penalties which may apply.  The penalties include:

  • Probation is available as an alternative to jail;
  • Community Service or the Sheriffs Work Alternative Program (SWAP);
  • Possible prison sentence of between 3 to 7 years;
  • Revocation or suspension of your driver's license;
  • Restitution - pay the owner of the vehicle money for damages to the vehicle or for the value of the vehicle.

A conviction for a Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle charge in Illinois is very serious.  Many times, if the Court orders restitution and it is not paid the penalty could result in jail time.  If the Illinois Secretary of State suspends or revokes a driver's license because of a Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle conviction, that will make it impossible for an individual to operate a motor vehicle so they may go to work, school or otherwise lead a normal life.  And since Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle is a Theft offense, it could impact the ability of someone with a criminal record for Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle from obtaining a job or passing a background search.  Since the impact of a conviction for a Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle conviction may have such a severe impact, it is absolutely critical that you hire a Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle attorney, like James Dimeas, that has the extensive experience handling Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle cases that give you the best chance of winning your case and avoiding the drastic consequences that you could be facing.

James Dimeas Providing Experienced and Effective Criminal Defense of Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle Cases

Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle lawyer, James Dimeas, has 25 years of experience handling criminal cases and representing people charged with Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle throughout Cook County, DuPage County, Lake County, and Kane County.  James Dimeas will use his 25 years of experience handling auto theft cases to thoroughly investigate the facts and circumstances of your case and to examine the investigative techniques and procedures used by the police and any investigators to poke holes in the state's case.  This is the thorough investigation that only an experienced Chicago Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle lawyer, with 25 years of experience, can apply to a Possession of Stolen Motor Vehicle case.  In addition to understanding how to handle such cases, James Dimeas has the experience with such cases to understand the penalties and lifelong consequences that could result from a conviction for a Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle case in Illinois.  Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle attorney, James Dimeas, will handle your case in such a way that will help you avoid the consequences and to get the case dismissed and removed from your record. 

Award Winning Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle Lawyer for your PSMV Case

James Dimeas is a nationally-recognized, award-winning Residential Burglary lawyer. James Dimeas was recognized by Expertise in 2017 as a "Best Criminal Defense Lawyer in Chicago." Residential Burglary lawyer, James Dimeas, is rated "Superb" by AVVO, the highest rating possible for any lawyer in the United States. James Dimeas has been recognized as a "Best DUI Attorney." The National Trial Lawyers have recognized James Dimeas as a "Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyer." The American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys have recognized James Dimeas as a "10 Best Attorney for Client Satisfaction." Residential Burglary attorney, James Dimeas, is widely considered to be one of the best criminal defense lawyers in the United States.

You can always contact James Dimeas for a free and confidential consultation about your case.  James Dimeas is available to discuss your particular case. To speak to Mr. Dimeas, you can call him anytime at 847-807-7405 for a free and confidential consultation.

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