Because the New York Department of Motor Vehicles is a state agency, making false statements to it or altering motor vehicle records or documents, including driver’s license examinations, is a state crime. The charges can be identified as False Statements/Alteration of Records or Substitution in Connection with Examination.
When is the Best Time to Act?:
An attorney at Criminal Lawyer Group helps with cases involving false statements, alteration of records or substitution in connection with an examination while an investigation is pending or after charges have been filed. It is never too early or too late to protect your driving privileges and your freedom.
Types of Crimes/ Charges:
Under New York Vehicle and Traffic Law Section 392, you can be charged if you knowingly make a false statement in an application for any DMV document or in any proof or statement you make in writing in connection with such an application. Likewise, it is illegal to deceive or substitute or cause someone else to do so when taking a license examination. The law also prohibits willfully altering a license plate.
Charges of forgery and of offering a false instrument for filing often are filed in conjunction with a charge of false statements, alteration of records or substitution in connection with an examination.
Penalties & Punishment:
Making false statements, providing false documents or altering a test is an unspecified misdemeanor. The court determines any jail time or fine and may suspend or revoke a driver’s license. It also is a misdemeanor to drive with a license obtained through the crime.
Criminal Lawyer Group successfully defends the charge by challenging the specifics of the allegation. Did you knowingly make a false statement? Was the statement actually false. Were you aware that the document was altered? Was someone else responsible? Our attorneys ferret out the details of false statement cases in order to prevail on our clients’ behalf.
High Profile Cases:
Nearly 40 people were indicted in Manhattan between September 2013 and April 2014 for participating in a scheme to obtain commercial driver’s licenses. The test takers allegedly paid others to fill in answers to tests. The test takers removed the tests to the parking lot of the DMV, where they were answered and then returned to the testing area. The defendants were charged with multiple counts of false statements, alteration of records or substitution in connection with an examination and offering a false instrument for filing.