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Question: What are the consequences for getting into an accident while joyriding? What about the same situation but with your uncle's car?
The consequences of the 'accident' vary according to the nature of the incident and too many unknown factors which couldn't be answered here - You should consult with an attorney for a specific legal situation of this nature and, with your uncle for his reaction- those consequences must also be a burden right now.
Regarding the 'joyriding' -
Joyriding' is what lawyers call unlawful use of a means of transportation. A typical example would be a kid who sneaks out of the house at night and drives a parent's car without the parent's knowledge. This is a class 5 felony. If you are a passenger in a car that you know is being used unlawfully, the offense is a class 6 felony. Both types of unlawful use carry a mandatory license suspension until the person who took the car turns 18 years of age. See A.R.S. § Section 13-1803 for the definition of the offenses, and A.R.S. § 28-3320 for the license suspension.