Vehicle interference (Revised 2017)

Criminal Attempts Act 1981, s.9
Effective from: 24 April 2017

Triable only summarily:
Maximum: Level 4 fine and/or 3 months
Offence range: Band A fine – 12 weeks’ custody

User guide for this offence


Step 1 – Determining the offence category

The Court should determine the offence category using the table below.

Category 1      Higher culpability and greater harm

Category 2      Higher culpability and lesser harm or lower culpability and greater harm

Category 3      Lower culpability and lesser harm

The court should determine the offender’s culpability and the harm caused with reference only to the factors below. Where an offence does not fall squarely into a category, individual factors may require a degree of weighting before making an overall assessment and determining the appropriate offence category.

CULPABILITY demonstrated by one or more of the following:

Factors indicating higher culpability

  • Leading role where offending is part of a group activity
  • Targeting of particular vehicles and/or contents
  • Planning

Factors indicating lower culpability

  • All other cases

 HARM demonstrated by one or more of the following:

Factors indicating greater harm

  • Damage caused significant financial loss, inconvenience or distress to victim
  • Vehicle left in a dangerous condition

Factors indicating lesser harm

  • All other cases