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I am sorry to hear of your dilemma. I realize how frustrating this is for you and I hope to provide you information which is accurate and useful, even though it may not be the news you were hoping to get.
Unfortunately, because you voluntarily gave her the car, it will not be treated as a criminal matter by law enforcement. It will need to handled civilly.
However, be aware that you have every right to take possession
of the vehicle if you can do so in a way that will not breach the peace.
Otherwise, you would need to bring a replevin action in NJ. In a replevin action you ask the court to order someone holding possession of your property to return it to you. The court can also award money damages, as well, if appropriate.
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