Carjacking Lawyer in San Diego

Understanding California Carjacking Laws

Carjacking is a form of robbery that involves the theft of a car or other automobile by means of force or threats. The victim of a carjacking either suffers bodily injury or was threatened with bodily injury personally or to his/her family. Carjacking is a violent crime and is covered under California’s “Three Strikes and You’re Out” law, meaning anyone convicted of a previous violent crime will face double the penalties for his or her next conviction. If you have been accused of carjacking, enlisting the help of a San Diego criminal defense lawyer from JD Law is your best bet to avoid maximum penalties.

By offering you legal advice from the onset, your lawyer may be able to:

  • Help you avoid a conviction
  • Negotiate a plea bargain
  • Have the charges dropped

What Are the Penalties for Carjacking?

Criminal Attorney James N. Dicks is ready to help you with your carjacking charge. He offers a free initial consultation to discuss your case and see how we can help you. Carjacking carries harsh penalties for anyone found guilty; a defense attorney is your only hope to avoid extensive incarceration in a California state prison. Although the standard state prison sentence for carjacking is 3, 5 or 9 years in state prison, often enhanced penalties apply.

  • If kidnapping occurs, the sentence may be life with the possibility of parole.

  • If a carjacker or person with a stolen vehicle crosses state lines, the penalty is 10 years in state prison. This is also a federal offense, with the backing of federal investigators and prosecutors.

  • If someone is killed, this is 1st degree murder and the accused may face the death penalty.

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