Unlawful use of a motor vehicle

We look at sentencing outcomes for unlawful use of a motor vehicle (UUMV) offences in Queensland between July 2005 and June 2020.

In this 15-year period, our research found:

  • a total of 41,336 cases involved unlawful use of a motor vehicle offences
  • in 16,022 cases the most serious offence was unlawful use of a motor vehicle
  • 76.2% of offenders were male
  • the average age of offenders was 23.2 years old, while the most common age of an offender was 17 years old
  • 35.5% of offenders were Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • 48.4% of adult offenders received a custodial sentence
  • the most common penalties for children were probation (22.3%) and community service (21.0%)
  • male offenders typically received longer prison sentences than females
  • the regions with the highest rate of offenders were Far North Queensland and North Queensland.

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