Carjacking Charges in California
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As a more violent crime than grand theft auto, carjacking involves stealing an automobile from the driver while they are present through force or intimidation. Usually some sort of deadly weapon or firearm is present at the time of the carjacking, which will ultimately add a weapons charge to the list of criminal violations. Even if the person committing the act has no intent of keeping the vehicle for any length of time, the offense will still be considered a carjacking.
At the Law Office of Peacock & Le Beau, our Long Beach theft crime attorneys understand the seriousness of carjacking charges and are ready to challenge them on your behalf in court. Contact us today if you would like to speak to a professional who can build you a strong case and defend your rights.
What are the penalties of a carjacking conviction?
Whereas grand theft auto can be a misdemeanor in certain circumstances, carjacking is always considered a felony offense. In California, all felonies are associated with harsh penalties that can negatively affect the rest of your life.
Punishments you might be sentenced with upon a carjacking conviction include:
- $5,000 in fines
- Three to nine years in prison
- Community service
It should be noted that it is very unlikely that you would be tried for only carjacking. The presence of a deadly weapon or the physical violence required for a carjacking will enact criminal charges of their own, adding to the fines and jail time you might be facing.
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One of our lead attorneys – Stephen P. Peacock – is a Board Certified criminal law specialist. By proving that he has litigation skills and knowledge of a high caliber, he has passed rigorous testing and strict evaluations. To put it simply, less than 400 criminal attorneys in the entire state have achieved this certification.
In addition to being California State Bar certified, our Long Beach criminal defense attorneys have achieved:
- 40+ years of collective experience
- 1000+ criminal cases successfully handled
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When you are ready to take your carjacking case to the next level and start defending your rights as the criminally accused in Long Beach, you can depend on us to stand up for you in court. Start today with a free case evaluation!
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