Third degree offenses are quite serious in New Jersey. Are you at risk of receiving penalties for altering VIN number?
Not only are they indictable offenses (comparable to felony-level offenses in other states), they carry the risk of a lengthy prison sentence and hefty fines.
Still, if you’ve been charged under something like N.J.S.A. 2C:17-6(a), Motor Vehicles; Removal or Alteration of Identification Number or Mark, there is some reason to hope.
While the penalties for conviction under 2C:17-6(a) include a prison sentence of three to five years and fines of up to $15,000, third degree crimes in New Jersey carry a presumption of non-incarceration for many offenders.
That means that if your record is pretty clean, it’s likely that even if you’re convicted of altering or removing a motor vehicle identification, you’re unlikely to serve hard time.
When you work with an experienced defense lawyer, it’s possible that even more favorable outcomes will become possible.
Call Matthew Reisig today at 732-625-9661 for a free consultation with an experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney.