Mississippi has special laws that deal with persons who gas-up their cars at convenience stores, then drive-off without paying.
Under a separate provision of the Mississippi petit larceny statute,
any person who leaves the premises of an establishment at which motor fuel offered for retail sale was dispensed into the fuel tank of a motor vehicle by driving away in that motor vehicle without having made due payment or authorized charge for the motor fuel so dispensed, with intent to defraud the retail establishment, shall be guilty of petit larceny….
The penalty for theft of gasoline in Mississippi includes up to six (6) months in jail, and a fine of $1,000.00.
In addition to jail time and fines, upon a second or subsequent offense, the defendant’s driver’s license will be suspended as follows:
(a) Second offense: Driver’s License shall be suspended for six (6) months;
(b) Third or subsequent offense: Driver’s License shall be suspended for one (1) year.
The penalties for driving off without paying for gas are substantial, especially given the mandatory license suspension for second and subsequent offenses. If you have been charged or arrested for theft of gasoline, please contact Curt Crowley, a Jackson MS criminal defense lawyer to discuss your case.