Car Theft in New Jersey
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Car Theft in New Jersey
Car Theft in New Jersey is a serious crime.
In New Jersey if you steal a car, you can be charged with several crimes. Depending on the specific facts of your case, these may include theft by unlawful taking or disposition, joyriding, and carjacking.
A criminal conviction for car theft will seriously complicate your life. A single conviction may stay on your record for ten years. This creates tremendous hardship for anyone. If you’re in this situation, you will need aggressive and professional representation.
To better help you, we’ve broken things down:
Theft by unlawful taking or disposition
If you unlawfully take, or exercise control over someone’s car, intending to keep it, you may be charged with theft by unlawful taking.
If you unlawfully take or use someone’s car, but you do not intend to keep it, you may be charged with joyriding. (This is most common)
If you unlawfully take, or try to take someone’s car, either by force or threatening force, you may be charged with carjacking.
PLEASE NOTE: Carjacking is a first degree crime. It carries a jail term of ten to twenty years in prison.
You really, really need a lawyer for this one.
Consequences & Penalties of Car Theft
In New Jersey, crimes of theft are usually graded depending on the value of the property stolen. A theft crime may be charged as a disorderly persons offense (misdemeanor), fourth, third, or second degree crime.
Click here to learn more about “How Crimes Are Graded in New Jersey”.
If the charge is carjacking, you are facing a first degree crime.
A conviction for car theft may result in fines, court costs, restitution, probation, and/or jail time depending on the circumstances. In addition, you will have to pay a $500 penalty in addition to any other fine and may have your license suspended for up to ten years.
Contact us if you are charged with car theft. The law is complicated, and the penalties severe. You will need a criminal lawyer who knows the system and how best to defend you.
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