Trafficking of Stolen Vehicles

There is significant demand for stolen cars and stolen car parts, making them readily available. As a result, stolen vehicles or parts from stolen vehicles easily enter the legitimate market, and buyers can easily buy stolen items unaware of the origins of the purchases. A more serious matter, however, is actually operating a stolen car ring, something that law enforcement does not readily ignore.

Information About Stolen Vehicle Charges

Being charged with trafficking in stolen vehicles means that an individual is alleged to have bought, sold, transferred or disposed of stolen cars, trucks or other motor vehicles. To prove the charge, the prosecution must show that the defendant "trafficked" in the vehicles, that the vehicles were stolen and that the defendant knew the vehicles were stolen. In many instances, an experienced defense lawyer is able to raise doubts about the prosecution's allegations.

New York and New Jersey Lawyer Defending Clients in Vehicle Trafficking Cases

At The Law Offices of David T. Schlendorf, in Toms River, New Jersey, our defense lawyer is a former prosecutor and veteran of more than 70 criminal trials. In addition he is certified as a criminal trial lawyer by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. Clients can be confident that our lawyer will be able to mount an aggressive and skilled defense that seeks an acquittal, reduced charges or reduced penalties in cases involving trafficking in stolen vehicles.

Possible Defenses

A diligent and experienced defense lawyer is often able to weaken the prosecution's case by showing that the defendant did not know that the cars or trucks were stolen; or that the vehicles were, in fact, not stolen; or that the defendant did not "traffic" in stolen vehicles. Moreover, if the charge involves running a vehicle fencing ring, it is often possible to show that a defendant did not have the knowledge or business experience to accomplish this. Whatever the argument, clients can be confident that attorney Schlendorf will dig deep to identify the strongest possible defense strategy.

Related Charges

Vehicle trafficking charges are often accompanied by charges of:

  • Auto theft
  • Receiving or selling stolen property
  • Alteration of motor vehicle identification numbers
  • Weapons charges

If the charges include operating an auto theft ring across state lines, it is particularly important to have an attorney with significant experience in federal court. Attorney Schlendorf handles cases in state and federal courts in New York and New Jersey and across the United States.

If you were charged with trafficking in stolen vehicles, contact an experienced defense attorney. Call The Law Offices of David T. Schlendorf in Toms River, New Jersey. The firm serves clients across the state, including places such as Hamilton, Manalapan, Middletown, Marlboro, Atlantic City and New Brunswick.