Imagine borrowing a car, or renting a car, to pick up your children and finding out the car you borrowed was stolen. This is exactly what happened to a Milwaukee woman last week, when she was arrested on a felony charge of receiving stolen property. Even though the woman may have not known she had stolen property, and thought she was legitimately renting a car, she still might face charges.
According to a report, the woman had her two sons in the car, and was on her way to pick up her daughter when she was pulled over. Now the woman is facing a felony charge, which could carry stiff penalties. Because of the amount of time in jail she might face, it could also jeopardize the custody of her children. Many times when someone is arrested and charged, the implications can go much beyond problems at work and the person's reputation.
While there might be little doubt that the car was stolen, but just because the car was stolen doesn't mean the woman had any way of verifying that. A person that is concerned with getting their children where they need to be was probably not thinking that the car they were driving was stolen. Although she many not have known the car was stolen, these charges are serious, and could carry a serious penalty, which is why a rigorous criminal defense is probably needed.
Many times people who have never been arrested don't understand the legal process or even their legal rights. Just because someone is arrested doesn't mean they don't have rights. Speaking with a criminal defense attorney might be a wise idea in understanding your legal rights.
Source: Patch, "Police Blotter: Woman Arrested for Driving Stolen Car with Two Young Sons on Board," David Cotey, May 1, 2012