The critical word in the statute is “attempts.” Allow me to present the following hypothetical. Jim is walking around the parking lot with James checking car doors. Jim checks three car doors before the police stop him. Jim is charged with § 3934 because the DA and police are convinced he was trying to steal property. Jim can then be tried, and potentially convicted of theft from a motor vehicle having not stolen anything from a motor vehicle. Jim does not even get into a car.
This highlights a greater problem that I see often in court. The District Attorney often looks at criminals prior record in deciding whether to make an offer on the case. In evaluating the record, they rarely stop to consider the ambiguity of some of the statutes they enforce. A man’s record can be deceiving. Simply looking at the crimes he has committed does not tell the whole story. At the Law Office of Mark D. Copoulos, we want to hear your story. We defend individuals, not persons committed of crimes. Share your story today.
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