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    Question: Is joyriding different from actually stealing a car?

    Answer: 'Joyriding' is what lawyers call unlawful use of a means of transportation. In other words, someone uses a car or motorcycle without permission of the owner. 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. Another example would be for the kid to take a car he finds in a parking lot, simply to drive it around, without intending to deprive the owner of use of the car permanently. 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.

    Theft of a car, on the other hand, either means someone took a car without permission, and with the intent to deprive the owner of it permanently. Or someone kept a car after the period during which the owner let him use the car. Or someone took a car knowing someone else had stolen it. This carries the same license suspension provision as unlawful use of a means of transportation. However, this offense is a class 3 (more serious) felony. See A.R.S. § 13-1814 for the definition of this offense.


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    On 05/25/06
    L.B. from AZ said:
    Just 2 mos. after turning 18 my son took & drove a GOLF CART for about an hour from an apt complex we previously lived at. When i went to pick him up from his friends, I told him he needed to return it, he was arrested, we understood this was wrong. It is a class 6 felony-1st offense, given probation...although if it is not followed it will end with 4 to 12 mos in 'prison'. Easy
    On 06/17/03
    genesis from WI said:
    i would tell the cops the wole story and hope they belive you
    On 01/14/02
    vanessa from NJ said:
    I was in the backseat of a car that was involved in a car accident to which the car was found out to be stolen. what exactly is going to happen to me considering that i was in the car without any knowledge that the car was stolen. because the driver of the car offered me a ride home from the supermarket.
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