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How do cars fit into crime?

There are your obvious charges like DWI, traffic violations and speeding to elude arrest that can happen when someone is behind the wheel, but there are a few different scenarios when your car is the subject of theft.

Breaking or entering into a motor vehicle

This one is fairly straightforward, although the statute actually applies to railroad cars, aircraft and boats in addition to cars.

According to N.C. statute 14-56 it is unlawful for a person to break into a vehicle of any kind that contains goods, wares or any other item of value.

But for you Good Samaritans out there, the same statute states you may break into a vehicle if it’s to provide first aid, emergency health care or if the person is any danger.

Larceny of a motor vehicle

In North Carolina, the larceny of any item over $1,000 is considered a felony offense, so a car being stolen typically falls under that category.

N.C. statute 14-72 covers the larceny of motor vehicles, and is a charge regularly seen with breaking or entering a motor vehicle.

Possessing, receiving or transferring stolen vehicles

This is one that can either range from one person being involved, to multiple people being involved.

N.C. statute 20-106 states it’s unlawful from someone to pass the title of a vehicle that’s knowingly stolen or obtained suspiciously, to someone else. Someone can also be charged for possessing any vehicle that is known to be stolen, or believed to be stolen – according to the statute.

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