It’s not out of the ordinary to borrow someone else’s vehicle,
especially when you don’t have your own car, or when yours is in
the shop getting repaired. Usually, when people borrow someone else’s
vehicle, they do so from a partner, a spouse, another family member, from
a friend, or even a boss.
In fact, borrowing a vehicle from a close friend or family member may feel
completely natural, especially if you do it on a regular basis.
The trick is, you have to have the owner’s “consent”
in order to pull this off lawfully. The moment you take someone else’s
vehicle, boat, or airplane without their “consent,” you are
actually committing a serious crime.
While your father probably won’t put in a call to the authorities
the moment that you borrow his 4X4 without his knowledge, if you “borrow”
your ex’s vehicle and take it on a joyride for the weekend, or if
you use your boss’s car to pick your friend up at the airport and
your boss didn’t give you permission, you can find yourself in trouble
with the law depending on your boss’s attitude about the situation.
Some bosses are easy going, some bosses are not. Same goes with exes, co-workers,
neighbors, roommates, and extended family members.
State Jail Felony Charges
If you used someone else’s vehicle, boat or airplane without their
consent, the chances of them filing charges are slim if you have a good
relationship with him or her.
On the other hand, if you knowingly borrowed a stranger’s car, truck,
SUV, boat, or airplane, or someone you don’t know well, they may
have gotten quite upset about the whole ordeal and decided to file criminal
charges against you under Sec. 31.07 of the Texas Penal Code.
Under Sec. 31.07, a person commits the offense of “unauthorized use
of a vehicle” when he or she intentionally or knowingly uses another
person’s vehicle, airplane, or boat without the owner’s permission.
An offense under Sec. 31.07 is a
state jail felony, punishable by
180 days to 2 years behind bars, and a fine not to exceed
If you’re facing charges under Sec. 31.07, you are facing up to 2
years in prison and thousands in fines for what could’ve been an
innocent mistake. Protect yourself today and
call our Plano criminal defense firm!