Larceny of a Motor Vehicle
MGL c. 266, s. 28 provides that any individual who steals or maliciously damages a motor vehicle, or any individual who buys, receives, conceals, or obtains control of a motor vehicle knowing or having reason to know it was stolen, or any individual who takes a motor vehicle without the permission of the owner and steals from it any of its part or accessories, shall be held in violation of this law. A conviction for felony larceny of a motor vehicle shall result in the following penalties:
- Imprisonment in the state prison for no more than 15 years, or
- Imprisonment in a jail or house of correction for no more than 2.5 years, or
- A fine not to exceed $15,000, or
- Both such fine and imprisonment.
- A conviction under this section shall also result in immediate suspension of a driver’s license for 1 year for a first offense, and 5 years for any subsequent offense.
Also punishable under this law are those who conceal any motor vehicle thief knowing him to be such. A conviction shall result in the following punishments:
- Imprisonment for not more than 10 years, or
- Imprisonment in jail or house of correction for not more than 2.5 years, or
- A fine of not more than $5,000, or
- Both fine and imprisonment.
In order to convict an alleged offender of this crime, the prosecution must be able to prove 1 of the following 5 alternatives:
- The defendant stole a motor vehicle, or
- The defendant injured or destroyed a motor vehicle belonging to another person, and did so with malice, or
- The defendant bought, received, possessed, concealed, obtained control of a stolen motor vehicle with knowledge or reason to have knowledge that it was stolen, or
- The defendant intentionally took a motor vehicle without authority of the owner and stole from it one or more of its parts or accessories, or
- The defendant concealed a person who had a stolen motor vehicle, while knowing that the person had done so.
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