Stealing a vehicle is a criminal offense and can warrant years of incarceration, among other penalties, which is why if you are currently accused of doing so, you need an aggressive Mercer County motor vehicle theft defense lawyer on your side. Contact the Law Office of Douglas Herring today to learn more about the consequences of these charges and how we can help you combat them.
Mercer County Motor Vehicle Theft Defense Lawyer | Here to Help
If you have been charged with a theft crime, consult a seasoned Mercer County criminal defense lawyer who has experience with motor vehicle theft cases. While statutory law governs the penalties and consequences of motor vehicle theft charges, only an experienced criminal defense attorney can tell you how strong the prosecution’s case against you is and how you can fight it.
Motor Vehicle Theft Defined
In New Jersey, the charge for stealing a car is Theft by Unlawful Taking of Movable Property, which is defined in New Jersey Statute 2C:20-3. The crime listed is an all-encompassing crime that says a person is guilty of theft if the person unlawfully takes, or exercises unlawful control over, movable property of another with the purpose to deprive him of the property. Depending on the circumstances, a person could be charged with additional forms of theft, including Receiving Stolen Property – N.J.S.A. 2C:20-7 and Burglary – N.J.S.A. 2C:18-2.
Theft by Unlawful Taking of Movable Property is the most common type of theft charge in New Jersey for a motor vehicle. Theft by Unlawful Taking of Movable Property is commonly referred to as Motor Vehicle Theft.
Special Consequences of Motor Vehicle Theft in NJ
The law defines motor vehicle theft as a third-degree crime, which has a punishment of up to five years in state prison. Also, New Jersey Statute 2C:20-2.1 imposes an additional fine and mandatory suspension of your driver’s license. For a first offense, the fine is an additional $500 and a one-year loss of your license. For a second offense, the fine is an additional $1,000 and a two-year loss of your license. A third offense requires a fine of an additional $1,000 and a ten-year loss of your license.
Usually, New Jersey law carries a presumption that the first offense of a third-degree crime like Motor Vehicle Theft will not result in state prison; however, this presumption does not apply to theft of a motor vehicle.
Contact Us Today!
At the Law Office of Douglas Herring, we understand the stress that is involved with being accused of motor vehicle theft. If you or a loved one has been arrested, you can rest assured that our team will conduct a thorough investigation and leave no stone unturned to plan your defense. Contact an experienced Mercer County motor vehicle theft defense lawyer here at our firm today.