August 8th, 2014 | Written by Bail Bonds Blog

Joyriding means taking a car that belongs to someone else, without that person's permission, but with the intention of returning it. Although the car's owner might disagree, the intention to return it makes joyriding usually just a misdemeanor rather than a felony such as stealing a car, where the intention is not to return it. A joyriding example might be a teenager who sneaks out one night and takes his father's brand new car for a ride and returns it at 3 a.m. to find his irate parent standing in the garage. He may lose his driving privileges for a month, but he likely won't go to jail. A car stealing example is a thief who takes a car that isn't his, is caught, and is charged with grand theft auto. He has committed a felony and will likely go to jail.

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