NJ Criminal Defense Attorney For Stealing From Vending Machines
“Slugs,” or items that simulate coins and were once commonly used to steal from vending machines and similar coin-operated devices, may seem like an outdated mode of fraud to criminalize, but in the modern era, New Jersey’s statute on the making and using of Slugs, N.J.S.A. 2C:21-18, has some features that make it perennial.
For instance, the law doesn’t just prohibit the manufacture or use of simulated coins.
Instead, it bans slugs, keys, tool, instruments, explosives, or devices that can be used in a currency or credit card activated machine with the purpose to defraud.
This means that high tech approaches are covered under 2C:21-18.
Making and using Slugs is a disorderly persons offense, meaning that if you’re convicted only of violations of 2C:21-18, you can face up to six months in jail and pay fines of $1,000.
That’s a problem all on its own, but the bigger problem comes in if police and prosecutors can build a larger case related to other types of fraud, thefts, or similar crimes.
Hiring A Defense Lawyer To Fight Making Or Using Slugs Charges In New Jersey Courts
Violating a statute about “Slugs” may not feel like a big deal, but protecting yourself needs to be your top priority in any criminal case.
Call Matt Reisig today at 732-385-3339 for a free consultation with an experienced New Jersey criminal defense lawyer.