Are you or a loved one facing Tampering with Public Records or Information charge? If so, then this can be a serious charge here in New Jersey. Not only does it expose you or your loved one to potential jail time and a fine. More so, if you or your loved one is convicted of a Tampering with Public Records charge, then it can also make applying for jobs or school in the future difficult if not improbable. At the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, we can help you or your loved one with a Tampering with Public Record charge since we have the knowledge, experience, credentials, and man-power:

  • Eleven (11) criminal defense attorneys on staff
  • Eight (8) former Assistant County Prosecutors
    • One was the chief of the Economic Crime Unit as well as the chief of the Insurance Fraud Unit during his tenure as a assistant county prosecutor
    • One was the head of Major Crimes Division
    • Another was the head of the Trial Team
  • Four (4) former Municipal Prosecutors
  • Two (2) selected to this years Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers Rising Stars list for criminal defense
    • Only 2.5% of attorneys in New Jersey are selected to this prestigious list
  • One (1) certified Criminal Trial Attorney
    • Certification comes from the Supreme Court of New Jersey
    • Less than 1% of attorneys in New Jersey holds this certification

If you or a loved one is facing a Tampering with Public Records charge, please do not hesitate to contact our firm 24/7 at 21-201-0086.

Hackensack Tampering with Public Records Lawyers

A Tampering with Public Records or Information charge, as noted above, is a serious charge. It is codified as N.J.S.A. 2C:28-7. The prosecutor will have to prove the following elements beyond a reasonable doubt:

  • Knowingly makes a false entry in, or false alteration of, any record, document, or thing belonging to, or received or kept by, the government for information or record, or required by law to be kept by others for information of the government;
  • Makes, presents, offers for filing, or uses any record, document or thing knowing it to be false, and with purpose that it be taken as a genuine part of information or records referred to above; or
  • Purposely and unlawfully destroys, conceals, removes, mutilates, or otherwise impairs the verity or availability of any such record, document or thing.

Penalties for Tampering with Public Records

A Tampering with Public Records charge is a disorderly persons offense. This means that a defendant can face up to six (6) months in the Bergen County Jail, as well as up to a $1,000.00 fine.

If a defendant’s purpose was to defraud or injure anyone, it is a third degree crime. A third degree charge carriesĀ  maximum of five (5) years in a New Jersey state prison. The minimum for a third degree crime is three (3) years in state prison. It also carries up to a $15,000 fine.

If a defendant purposefully and unlawfully alters, destroys, conceals, removes or disables any camera or other monitoring device, including any videotape, film or other medium used to record sound or images that is installed in a patrol vehicle, then it is a fourth degree crime. This carries up to eighteen (18) months in a New Jersey state prison, as well as a maximum fine of $10,000.

Fort Lee Criminal Defense Attorneys

As you can tell from above, a Tampering with Public Records or Information charge is a serious charge. In addition to this, defendants who face this charge usually face money laundering, theft by deception, and/or forgery charges. Please feel free to give our office a call 24/7 at 201-201-0086.