A man in California was accused of being in possession of a stolen car on Feb. 23. According to the police officer involved in the incident, the 31-year-old man from Milpitas was witnessed driving a silver 2012 Nissan Altima that matched the description of a car that had been stolen on Feb. 15.
The incident took place at around 4:20 a.m. when a police officer in Milpitas spotted the man on North Hillview Drive near Founders Lane. After identifying the man's vehicle as one that was missing from a Milpitas apartment complex, the officer tried to make contact with the driver as he was getting out of the car. The man was taken into custody after a brief foot chase and booked at Santa Clara County Jail for a criminal charge of auto theft.
In addition to the charge for auto theft, the man was charged with possession of stolen property and possessing an illegal weapon. He was also handed charges for resisting arrest, auto theft with prior convictions and committing a criminal offense while free on bail. There were no reports about the nature of the man's previous criminal charges.
Those who find themselves facing criminal charges after a similar incident might argue that they did not know that the car they were driving had been stolen. It is also possible that a person could have unknowingly purchased a stolen vehicle from a third party. A criminal defense attorney can in some cases offer these and other defenses on behalf of a client in this type of a situation.
Source: San Jose Mercury News, "Milpitas man arrested for car theft," Mercury News, Feb. 25, 2015