New Jersey Motor Vehicle Master Keys Law

We represent clients charged with N.J.S.A. 2C:5-6; New Jersey Motor Vehicle Master Keys - from hereon will be referred to as MVMK - complaints and indictments filed in Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Mercer County, Somerset County, Essex County, Union County, and Hudson County.

The state must prove three elements.

First, it must prove that the defendant possessed the MVMK.

Second, it must prove the key was a MVMK.

Third, it must be proved that the possession was a knowing possession.

A MVMK is defined to include a device designed to operate a lock or locks on motor vehicle or to start a motor vehicle without an ignition key.

However, it is lawful to possess or sell a MVMK to law enforcement officers, locksmiths, dealers, distributors or manufacturers of motor vehicles or motor vehicle locks, garage keepers or person engaged in the business of lending on the security of motor vehicles or in the business of acquiring by purchase evidence of debt secured by interest in motor vehicles and his employees and agents.

This is an offense of the fourth degree.

In addition, any person who offers or advertises for sale, sells or gives to any person a MVMK is also guilty of a crime of the fourth degree.

If you have any questions for a criminal defense lawyer in New Jersey on a New Jersey Motor Vehicle Master Keys charge, please do not hesitate to contact us.