Is this an arrestable offense?

Let's say there is a 16 year old who was driving their parents' brand new car without permission, their parents were out of town for the weekend so the 16 year old decided to go out driving in their parents' car, the 16 year old does have a driver's license, if the 16 year old gets pulled over by a cop and they claim that it's their parents' car could they get arrested for driving their parents' car without permission?

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  • 4 weeks ago
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    It wouldn't be Grand Theft Auto, if that's what you're thinking.  But there would still be trouble.  The cop couldn't allow the kid to drive the car home, so it's going to be towed.  So when the parents get back, they're going to pay several hundred dollars to get it back.  The kid probably wouldn't be cited,  unless he tried to outspeed the cop or gave the cop a hard time or something like that.  In fact I think most cops would give the kid a ride home.

    • babyboomer1001
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      4 weeks agoReport

      The kid WOULD be charged with theft - grand theft auto.  That's much more serious than just a citation.

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  • Todd
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    4 weeks ago

    That's outside of the scope of the law unless the kid stole the car and is lying. Easy enough to verify. Forget about the fact it was a kid and the son of the owner. It doesn't matter who is driving the car. The owner has to be contacted if there is suspicion of theft. Arrested? Only if it is found to indeed be theft. In real life, though, It's pretty likely the officer won't let the kid drive away without pursuing the matter further. The officer wouldn't detain him, though.

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  • 4 weeks ago

    No, they would not get arrested for that.

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  • Bruce
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    4 weeks ago

    The cop will never know it was without permission unless your parents file a complaint when they return. Would that be arrestable? Yes. There is nothing in the law preventing parents from having their children arrested. 

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  • 4 weeks ago

    You really need to apply logic.  It's got to be somewhere in that brain of yours.  Theft - grand theft auto and unlicensed - you are going to jail for more than year and the fines will be enormous.  In many states, stealing a car is a felony.  Never take anyone's car without permission, and getting it back before they notice - it isn't worth the risk.

    Source(s): Certified Paralegal, with 25+ years' experience.
    • abdul
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      4 weeks agoReport

      You missed the part where the asker states "he does have a drivers license" Your entire answer and all of your comments are made because you didn't read the question correctly. Might be time for new glasses mate.. 

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  • 4 weeks ago

    I wonder if the kid is on the insurance. That would settle it. The car's going to get confiscated.

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  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    Absolutely not unless the owner of the car confirms that the car was stolen.

    Let's just flip your scenario over, ok?

    Let's say the parents DID give their child permission to drive their car but the officer doesn't believe the kid.   Let's say they arrest the kid and impound the car without probable cause.   That's about 15 ways from here to Sunday that the officer, the police department and the city/county could be sued. 

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  • Chris
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    4 weeks ago

    In my town I think the cops generally call the parents to verify that the kid has permission to be driving the car.

    • babyboomer1001
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      4 weeks agoReport

      Why would any responsible parent give their 16 year UNLICENSED child permission to drive their car?

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  • 4 weeks ago

    Yes..................

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  • 4 weeks ago

    Yes, taking without the owners consent and possibly driving without insurance unless the car has comprehensive insurance.

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