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Fraudulently Obtaining A Driver’s License

Rahway NJ Charge For Obtaining A Drivers License In Someone Else’s Name

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 have been accused of showing, presenting or otherwise utilizing a fraudulent document to get a driver’s license, this is something you need to vigorously defend. If you don’t, you will be subject to a state prison term of 5-10 years. 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, can offer an extremely high level of experience and skill in this regard. We are a team of 7 defense lawyers, the majority of which are former prosecutors, and we possess over 100 years of combined experience. Our lawyers have been appearing at the Union County Superior Court, Elizabeth NJ, for decades. We have also had many dealings with the police in both Rahway and Springfield, the municipalities in Union County 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 prove 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.

Arrested in Springfield NJ For Trying To Obtain A Driver’s License Fraudulently

In many instances, an individual is arrested while attempting to obtain a license using false documents. When this occurs, the police involved are either from Springfield or Rahway, the towns where the Motor Vehicle Commission is located in Union County. We have many years of experience working in these towns, as well as at the Superior Court in Elizabeth. Call us for the help you need and deserve. Our Cranford Office can be reached 24/7 for free consultations at 908-272-1700.


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