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Alteration of a Motor Vehicle Identification Number

Wall New Jersey Criminal Defense Attorneys serving Monmouth County, Ocean County, Middlesex County and all surrounding NJ areas.

Posted: February 6, 2017

New Jersey statute 2C:17-6 makes it a crime in the state of New Jersey for an individual to deface, remove, alter, destroy, change, or obliterate any distinguishing identification number, serial number or other marking on a motor vehicle for an unlawful purpose.

If an individual does commit the aforementioned act, they will be guilty of a crime of the third degree, and as such, may face between three and five years in a New Jersey state prison.

Additionally, an individual who knowingly possesses a motor vehicle, or any other part which has had an identification number, serial number or other marking removed, altered, destroyed, changed or covered, for an unlawful purpose, will be guilty of an offense.

The severity of the degree of that offense may vary if:

  • The value of the parts and/or the motor vehicle is valued between two hundred dollars but less than four hundred dollars, the individual will be guilty of a fourth-degree crime which means that the individual may face up to eighteen months in a New Jersey state prison.
  • The value of the parts are less than two hundred dollars, the individual will be guilty of a disorderly persons offense which means the individual may face up to six months in the county jail.
  • The value of the parts are in excess of five hundred dollars, the individual will be guilty of a crime of the third degree and may face up to five years in a New Jersey state prison.

If you or someone you know has been charged with an offense under New Jersey statute 2C:17-6, for alteration of a motor vehicle identification number, call our New Jersey criminal defense law firm as soon as possible at 732-303-7857. Our criminal defense attorneys are ready and willing to aggressively raise all possible defenses to your charges.

Our firm offers a FREE initial consultation to any individual who wishes to speak with us about their criminal charge.

Clark, Clark & Noonan, LLC represents individuals in all New Jersey counties and cities who have been charged with the alteration of a motor vehicle identification number. Some of the counties and cities in which our attorneys represent individuals include the counties of Essex and Middlesex.

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