Two California laws prescribe punishment for Altering a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). It is a misdemeanor crime to alter or destroy a VIN, however a more serious crime may be charged if the VIN is altered in order to misrepresent or hide the identity of the vehicle or for the purpose of selling or transferring it.
What does the prosecutor have to prove?
1. Defendant knowingly altered, counterfeited, defaced, destroyed, disguised, falsified, forged, obliterated or removed vehicle identification number.
2. Defendant intended to misrepresent the identity or prevented the identification of motor vehicles or motor vehicle parts, for the purpose of sale, transfer, import, or export.
With probation 0-364 days
Misdemeanor: 0-364 days