Likely sentence or penalty
The offence is triable only in the Magistrates Court and carries a maximum Level 5 fine and/or 6 months imprisonment. The court must endorse the licence and may disqualify
There are two forms of this offence, the basic form and the aggravated form. Someone who has ‘borrowed’ a friend or relative’s car without their knowledge could be guilty of the basic offence. Someone who takes a stranger’s car for a joyride and abandons it could be guilty of the aggravated offence. This page is about the basic form. The more serious offence is Aggravated Unlawful Taking of a Motor Vehicle. There are a number of possible avenues open to defending an allegation of taking without consent.
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