If a car is left running and alone, or a spare key is left near the vehicle, then it could be very compelling for a thief to act on it. If you give in to temptation and steal a car in the state of New Jersey, you can expect to encounter charges for violating auto theft laws.
In New Jersey, the precise charges for auto theft are covered under the state’s theft laws because the state does not have a separate statute for stealing a motor vehicle. However, the state does set clear penalties when someone is convicted of auto theft or the unlawful taking of a car. Any person convicted of these crimes can be fined individually from the theft-associated fines. Furthermore, the perpetrator’s driving privileges may be suspended for up to 10 years. If you would like to learn more about the consequences associated with these charges, read on and reach out to our firm today. Our skilled Bergen County criminal defense attorney is on your side.
What are the consequences of the theft of a motor vehicle in the state of New Jersey?
Keep in mind that in the state of New Jersey, those who have been charged with the theft of a motor vehicle will face serious consequences. If you were charged, you can expect to face the following:
- First offense: $500 fine and suspension or postponement of driver’s license for 1 year.
- Second offense: $750 fine and suspension or postponement of driver’s license for 2 years.
- Third offense: $1,000 fine and suspension or postponement of driver’s license for 10 years.
- Use of juvenile in auto theft: A person who is at least 18 years old who uses, solicits, hires, or employs a person who is 17 years or younger to commit auto theft is guilty of a crime in the second degree.
- Leader of an auto theft trafficking network: A person who conspires with others as a supervisor/organizer/financier or manager to engage in profit in a scheme to unlawfully take/dispose of distributing or transport stolen automobiles is guilty of a crime in the second degree. The court may impose a fine of up to $250,000 or 5x the retail value of the cars, whichever is greater.
If you or a loved one were charged with any of the above, do not hesitate to reach out to our firm today. Our legal team is equipped with the knowledge and experience required to ensure that you and your future are protected. Give us a call today to get started. We look forward to hearing from you.
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