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§ 7-105. Motor vehicle theft

West's Annotated Code of MarylandCriminal LawEffective: October 1, 2012

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Criminal Law (Refs & Annos)
Title 7. Theft and Related Crimes
Subtitle 1. Crimes Involving Theft
Part I. Theft
Effective: October 1, 2012
MD Code, Criminal Law, § 7-105
Formerly cited as MD CODE Art. 27, § 342A
§ 7-105. Motor vehicle theft
“Owner” defined
(a) In this section, “owner” means a person who has a lawful interest in or is in lawful possession of a motor vehicle by consent or chain of consent of the title owner.
(b) A person may not knowingly and willfully take a motor vehicle out of the owner's lawful custody, control, or use without the owner's consent.
(c) A person who violates this section:
(1) is guilty of the felony of taking a motor vehicle and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 5 years or a fine not exceeding $5,000 or both; and
(2) shall restore the motor vehicle or, if unable to restore the motor vehicle, pay to the owner the full value of the motor vehicle.
Effect on general theft prosecution; merger
(d)(1) This section does not preclude prosecution for theft of a motor vehicle under § 7-104 of this part.
(2) If a person is convicted under § 7-104 of this part and this section for the same act or transaction, the conviction under this section shall merge for sentencing purposes into the conviction under § 7-104 of this part.


Added by Acts 2002, c. 26, § 2, eff. Oct. 1, 2002. Amended by Acts 2012, c. 29, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2012; Acts 2012, c. 30, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2012.
Formerly Art. 27, § 342A.
MD Code, Criminal Law, § 7-105, MD CRIM LAW § 7-105
Current through legislation effective through May 9, 2024, from the 2024 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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