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Unlawful taking of an automobile without the consent of the owner, without intent to deprive owner permanently of the vehicle. Joyriding is a criminal wrong. Also referred to as Unlawful Driving Away of an Automobile (UDAA) and Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle.

Some examples of “joyriding” statutes include:

  • Michigan Penal Code states “[a]ny person who takes or uses without authority any motor vehicle without intent to steal the same, or who is a party to such unauthorized taking or using, is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than 2 years or a fine of not more than $1,500.00” in Section 750.414.
  • In Tennessee, “[a] person commits a Class A misdemeanor who takes another's automobile, airplane, motorcycle, bicycle, boat or other vehicle without the consent of the owner and the person does not have the intent to deprive the owner thereof.”

[Last updated in June of 2020 by the Wex Definitions Team]