There are two laws in the state of California which criminalize the intentional or knowing destruction of a vehicle identification number (VIN). Primarily, acts of alteration or destruction of a VIN are considered a misdemeanor in the state of California, which can lead to serious consequences if a conviction is reached.
Primarily, prosecutors claim that VINs have been tampered with or altered to either misrepresent or hide the identity vehicle or particular part of the vehicle or sell or transfer title of the car. In some cases, violations of this law can be considered a wobbler, which means that the prosecutor has the discretion to file as a misdemeanor or a felony, if there are additional factors involved or if you have a criminal record.
Additionally, this charge is often added onto charges of operating a chop shop or possession of multiple vehicles or parts with altered VINs. If these additional charges are involved, you will need to consider even more seriously the importance of hiring an West Covina criminal defense attorney. The more evidence the prosecution has, the more important it is to have legal representation on your side.
Our award-winning trial attorneys are experienced and adept in structuring effectual defenses that ensure our clients their best outcome. We want our clients to understand the charges you could be facing, as well as how we can help.
Possible defenses include but are not limited to the arguments listed below: