NJ Laws Directions to Ken Vercammen and Associates Ken Vercammens Resume Ken Vercammen articles

Kenneth Vercammen & Associates
A Law Office with Experienced Attorneys for Your New Jersey Legal Needs

2053 Woodbridge Ave.
Edison NJ 08817
732-572-0500
1-800-655-2977

Personal Injury and Criminal
on Weekends 732-261-4005

Princeton Area
68 South Main St.
Cranbury, NJ 08512
By Appointment Only
Toll Free 800-655-2977


N.J.S.A. 2C:17-6a) model jury charge

CERTAIN ALTERATIONS OF MOTOR VEHICLE TRADEMARKS, IDENTIFICATION NUMBERS, PROHIBITED(N.J.S.A.2C:17-6a)model jury charge

Count _________ of the indictment charges the defendant with altering a motor vehicle [trademark] [distinguishing or identification number] [serial number or mark] in violation of a statute which provides as follows:

A person who removes, defaces, alters, changes, destroys, covers or obliterates any trademark, distinguishing or identification number, serial number or mark on or from any motor vehicle for an unlawful purpose, is guilty of a crime. . .

In order for the defendant to be found guilty of altering a motor vehicle [trademark] [distinguishing or identification number] [serial number or mark], the State must prove the following elements beyond a reasonable doubt:

(1)that the defendant purposely [removed] [defaced] [altered] [changed] [destroyed] [covered] [obliterated] any [trademark] [distinguishing or identification number] [serial number or mark] on or from any motor vehicle; and

(2)that the defendant did so for an unlawful purpose.

The first element the State must prove beyond a reasonable doubt is that the defendant purposely [removed] [defaced] [altered] [changed] [destroyed] [covered] [obliterated] any [trademark] [distinguishing or identification number] [serial number or mark] on or from any motor vehicle.A motor vehicle includes motor bicycles, motorcycles, automobiles, trucks, tractors or other vehicles designed to be self-propelled by mechanical power, and otherwise than by muscular power, except motor vehicles running upon or guided by rails or tracks.[1]

A person acts purposelywith respect to the nature ofhis/herconduct or a result thereof if it ishis/herconscious object to engage in conduct of that nature or to cause such a result.A person acts purposely with respect to attendant circumstances ifhe/sheis aware of the existence of such circumstances or believes or hopes that they exist.With purpose, designed, with design, or equivalent terms have the same meaning.

Purpose is a condition of the mind that cannot be seen and can only be determined by inferences drawn from the defendants conduct, words or acts.It is not necessary for the State to prove the existence of such a mental state by direct evidence such as a statement by the defendant thathe/shehad a particular purpose.It is within the power of the jury to find that the proof of purposehas been furnished beyond a reasonable doubt by inferences which you may draw from the nature of the acts and circumstances surrounding the conduct of the defendant as they have been presented in the evidence you have heard and seen in this case.

The second element the State must prove beyond a reasonable doubt is that the defendant did so for an unlawful purpose.I have already defined purpose for you.In this case, the State contends that the defendants unlawful purpose in [removing] [defacing] [altering] [changing] [destroying] [covering] [obliterating] the [trademark] [distinguishing or identification number] [serial number or mark] on or from the motor vehicle was _____________________________________________.

[Defendant, onthe other hand, contends thathis/herpurpose in performing the act(s) with whichhe/sheis charged was ___________________________________________________.]

If the State has failed to prove any of the elements beyond a reasonable doubt, you must find the defendant not guilty of altering a motor vehicle [trademark] [distinguishing or identification number] [serial number or mark].If the State has proven every element beyond a reasonable doubt, you must find the defendant guilty of the crime of altering a motor vehicle [trademark] [distinguishing or identification number] [serial number or mark].



[1]N.J.S.A.2C:17-6c.


Kenneth Vercammen was the Middlesex County Bar Municipal Court Attorney of the Year
Receive free NJ Laws Email newsletter with current laws and cases

Telephone Consultation Program
New Article of the Week

Meet with an experienced Attorney to handle your important legal needs.
Please call the office to schedule a confidential "in Office" consultation.
Attorneys are not permitted to provide legal advice by email.

Kenneth Vercammens Law office represents individuals charged with criminal, drug offenses, and serious traffic violations throughout New Jersey. Our office helps people with traffic/ municipal court tickets including drivers charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Refusal and Driving While Suspended.

Kenneth Vercammen was the NJ State Bar Municipal Court Attorney of the Year and past president of the Middlesex County Municipal Prosecutors Association.

Criminal and Motor vehicle violations can cost you. You will have to pay fines in court or receive points on your drivers license. An accumulation of too many points, or certain moving violations may require you to pay expensive surcharges to the N.J. DMV [Division of Motor Vehicles] or have your license suspended. Dont give up! The Law Office of Kenneth Vercammen can provide experienced attorney representation for criminal motor vehicle violations.

When your job or drivers license is in jeopardy or you are facing thousands of dollars in fines, DMV surcharges and car insurance increases, you need excellent legal representation. The least expensive attorney is not always the answer. Schedule an appointment if you need experienced legal representation in a traffic/municipal court matter.

Our website www.NJLaws.com provides information on traffic offenses we can be retained to represent people. Our website also provides details on jail terms for traffic violations and car insurance eligibility points. Car insurance companies increase rates or drop customers based on moving violations.

Contact the Law Office of
Kenneth Vercammen & Associates, P.C.
at 732-572-0500
for an appointment.

The Law Office cannot provide legal advice or answer legal questions over the phone or by email. Please call the Law office and schedule a confidential "in office" consultation.

Ken Vercammen articles

Ken Vercammens Resume Directions to Ken Vercammen and Associates



Disclaimer This web site is purely a public resource of general New Jersey information (intended, but not promised or guaranteed to be correct, complete, or up-to-date). It is not intended be a source of legal advice, do not rely on information at this site or others in place of the advice of competent counsel. The Law Office of Kenneth Vercammen complies with the New Jersey Rules of Professional Conduct. This web site is not sponsored or associated with any particular linked entity unless specifically stated. The existence of any particular link is simply intended to imply potential interest to the reader, inclusion of a link should not be construed as an endorsement.

Copyright 2017. Kenneth Vercammen & Associates, P.C.