Motor Vehicle theft



Theft of a motor vehicle is governed by Massachusetts Law Chapter 266, Section 28.  The law states as follows:



"Section 28. (a) Whoever steals a motor vehicle or trailer, whoever maliciously damages a motor vehicle or trailer, whoever buys, receives, possesses, conceals, or obtains control of a motor vehicle or trailer, knowing or having reason to know the same to have been stolen, or whoever takes a motor vehicle without the authority of the owner and steals from it any of its parts or accessories, shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than fifteen years or by imprisonment in a jail or house of correction for not more than two and one-half years or by a fine of not more than fifteen thousand dollars, or by both such fine and imprisonment."



Evidence that license plates or VIN numbers have been altered or removed is evidence that the defendant knew the vehicle was stolen. Second offender shall not be continued without a finding and the sentence imposed shall not be reduced to less then one year imprisonment until the defendant serves at least one year in jail. 



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