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thirtythr33 t1_iydixas wrote

It’s always been very difficult to prosecute criminal car theft in NJ. How do you prove they intended to steal the car rather than just move it, take it for a joy ride, etc. beyond a reasonable doubt? For that reason the courts usually allow prosecutors to plea it down to far less consequential charges.


973reggie t1_iyeh8qf wrote

That’s simply not how these things get adjudicated. Never has someone been let off because they stole a car but said there intended to ‘just move it.’

This isn’t going after car theft per se because the people that would violate this ordinance haven’t stolen anything yet. There’s a reason we have a burden of proof. Every person who peeks thru a window shouldn’t be charged with car theft ..