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Fraudulently Obtaining A Driver’s License

Elizabeth NJ Driver’s License Fraud Defense Attorneys

It is a second degree crime in New Jersey for someone to obtain a driver’s license by impersonating another, using a false identity, or by using false  documents. If you were charged with showing, presenting or otherwise utilizing a fraudulent document to get a driver’s license, you are exposed to serious penalties. A conviction for this offense can, in fact, result in as much as 10 years in prison. This should be significant incentive for you to do your research and select the best attorney you can find to handle your case. We think our firm, The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, offers a high level of qualification for defending a false driver’s license, birth certificate or related criminal charge. We are a team of 7 defense lawyers, several of whom are former prosecutors, and we possess over 100 years of combined experience. The attorneys on our defense team have been appearing for decades at the Union County Superior Court on behalf of individuals arrested in Elizabeth, Springfield, Rahway, Westfield, Plainfield and other local towns, especially those where the Division of Motor Vehicles maintains offices. Call us for an immediate free consultation at 908-272-1700.

New Jersey Fraudulent Obtained Driver’s License Law

The offense we are discussing is set forth at N.J.S.A. 2C:21-17.2 of the New Jersey Criminal Code. This law provides, in pertinent part, that:

2C:21-17.2. False driver’s license, birth certificate or document issued by government agency; use of personal identifying information of another

a. A person is guilty of a crime of the second degree if, in obtaining or attempting to obtain a driver’s license, birth certificate or other document issued by a governmental agency which could be used as a means of verifying a person’s identity, age or any other personal identifying information, that person knowingly exhibits, displays or utters a document or other writing which falsely purports to be a driver’s license, birth certificate or other document issued by a governmental agency or which belongs or pertains to a person other than the person who possesses the document.

There are three (3) elements under this law that the state must proven to obtain a conviction. First, the accused must have attempted or obtained a driver’s license. Second, they must have used a drivers license, birth certificate, or other document or writing that they represented to be theirs when it actually contained the identity of another. Third, the actions of the defendant must have been knowing. When an individual is convicted for violating 2C:21-17.2, that conviction does not merge with any companion offense which they may be facing for the same incident.

Exclusion For Misrepresentations Made To Obtain Alcohol Or Tobacco

N.J.S.A. 2C:21-17.2 contains a specific exclusion from this violation for instances where a driver’s license has been fraudulently fabricated, modified, or tampered with in order to misrepresent a person’s age so that they may purchase alcoholic beverages or tobacco.

Springfield NJ Fraudulent Driver’s License Attorneys

In many instances, an individual is arrested while attempting to obtain a license using false documents. For this reason, the largest number of offenses occur at the Springfield Office or Rahway Office of NJ Motor Vehicle Commission where driver’s licenses are issued. The attorneys at The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall are highly familiar with what is necessary to effectively defend charges such as these. In fact, those on our staff have over a century of experience to rely upon to achieve the very best result in your case. An attorney is available immediately in our Union Township Office at 908-272-1700.