The unauthorized Use of a Motorcycle in Tulsa is crime that the State of Oklahoma seriusely prosecutes. As Motorcycles and riding in clubs are a common hobby in Oklahoma we’ve seen an increase is prosecution for the unauthorized use. This opens the door for more laws regarding their use. Motorcycles are clearly the two-wheel motorized bikes we are used to. However, they can also be a three-wheel vehicle, like the motorized trikes becoming popular. Further, the engine must be 150 cu. cm to legally be a “motorcycle”. Motorcycles are subject to certain laws regarding their usage besides the general traffic laws. Read on to learn more about unauthorized use of a motorcycle.
Unauthorized Use of a Motorcycle and Oklahoma Laws
Unauthorized use of a motorcycle is a traffic violation in Oklahoma. Authorities must show four elements in order to successfully charge you with unauthorized use:
– You, the driver, must not legally own the motorcycle;
– The owner has not permitted you to use the motorcyle;
– You use the motorcycle knowing that you do not have permission; and
– You are actually driving or using the motorcycle in some form.
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Unauthorized Use and the Consequences
Oklahoma law regards unauthorized use of a motorcycle as a felony crime under Title 47 §17-102. Felony charges are a serious accusation. This not only blemishes your record permanently, but you are subject to immediate penalties too. These include fines reaching $5,000 and possible jail time up to 5 years. Fines will double if you have a license that is subject to revocation or suspension at the time of the unauthorized use. Thus, you may face fines up to $10,000 along with prison time. This can wreak havoc on your personal life.
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Our criminal defense law office understands the gravity of a felony charge. If you are facing accusations of unauthorized use of a motorcycle, then call our criminal defense attorneys in Tulsa. Our first consultation is free so it won’t cost you anything to see if we can help you.