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, P.C. 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?
San Diego violent crime defense 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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