Criminal Attorney Matthew Reisig Helps Those Charged With Theft By Unlawful Taking Of Means Of Conveyance
“Means of Conveyance” in New Jersey law means everything from a motor vehicle, boat, bicycle, horse, train, and even airplanes.
Theft by Unlawful Taking of Means of Conveyance (N.J.S.A. 2C:20-9) criminalizes the taking of a means of conveyance without the owner’s authorization, and applies a grade to given behaviors.
At the disorderly persons level, taking a means of conveyance other than a motor vehicle with the purpose of withholding it temporarily from the owner can result in a six month sentence and a $1,000 fine.
It is a crime of the fourth degree in New Jersey to take a motor vehicle with the purpose of temporarily withholding it from the owner, as is riding in the motor vehicle that has been taken.
Fourth degree crimes carry a potential sentence of 18 months and a $10,000 fine.
Taking a motor vehicle without authorization and using it in a reckless manner which is likely to cause injury to persons or damage to property is a third degree crime in New Jersey, with a maximum sentence of three to five years and a $15,000 fine.
Even if you were simply out joyriding with friends and had no involvement in the actual taking of the vehicle, you run the risk of dealing with a felony conviction for years to come.
If you or a family member are facing theft by unlawful taking of means of conveyance charges, get experienced legal help right away, call Matthew Reisig today at 732-625-9661 for a free consultation with an experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney.