In order to protect the public infrastructure and the safety of ordinary people, New Jersey has made it a crime to manufacture, sell, transfer, utilize, or possess counterfeit credentials that can be used to falsely identify yourself as an employee of a public utility. Penalties for False Public Utility Employee Identification Badge (N.J.S.A. 2C:21-35) can be quite serious.
If you knowingly possess such a false credential, you can be charged with a crime of the fourth degree and face up to 18 months in prison if convicted. Knowingly displaying or utilizing such a false credential is a crime of the third degree, and you’ll be subject to a three to five year prison sentence if convicted.
The most serious consequences are reserved for those who manufacture and sell false public utility employee identification badges. This conduct is charged at the second degree level, and you’ll face a five to ten year prison sentence if convicted, plus fines of up to $150,000.
Don’t risk your future when facing charges this serious. Call Matthew Reisig today at 732-625-9661 for a free consultation with an experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney.