Use of Vehicle Without Authority
M.G.L. c. 90, § 24 [a] provides that any individual who uses a vehicle without authority or permission knowing that such use is unauthorized shall be in violation of this law. A conviction for a first offense shall punishable by the following:
- A fine ranging from $50- $500, or
- Imprisonment for not less than 30 days nor more than 2 years, or
- Both fine and imprisonment.
- Imprisonment in the state prison for not more than 5 years, or
- Minimum mandatory imprisonment in a house of correction for 30 days, but no more than 2.5 years, or
- A fine not to exceed $1,000, or
- Both such fine and imprisonment.
- A fine of not less than two hundred dollars nor more than one thousand dollars or by imprisonment for not less than six months nor more than two and one half years in a house of correction or for not less than two and one half years nor more than five years in the state prison or by both fine and imprisonment.
- The defendant used a motor vehicle;
- At the time he or she used that motor vehicle, he or she did so without the permission of the owner, or the permission of some other person who possessed the legal right of control ordinarily exercised by the owner; and
- At the time he or she used the motor vehicle, the defendant knew that he or she was not authorized to use that vehicle.
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