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here is the NJ law as it pertains to your situation. if convicted, the penalty is up to six months in prison - however, you could have it downgraded to a municipal charge with a fine and no criminal record, if the badge is something you retained from a previous employment. you should consult with a loval attorney.
2C:28-8. Impersonating a public servant or law enforcement officer a. Except as provided in subsection b. of this section, a person commits a disorderly persons offense if he falsely pretends to hold a position in the public service with purpose to induce another to submit to such pretended official authority or otherwise to act in reliance upon that pretense.b. A person commits a crime of the fourth degree if he falsely pretends to hold a position as an officer or member or employee or agent of any organization or association of law enforcement officers with purpose to induce another to submit to such pretended official authority or otherwise to act in reliance upon that pretense.
there is a municipal ordinance and a state law. you have been charged with the state law. a local attorney would be able to determine which muncipal ordiance a DA would be amenable to, if the badge is something you had from say another employer.
yes, it is very possible. i do not have access to the municipal code that might apply. that is why i suggest a local attorney to assist you.