The crime of carjacking is defined by the California penal code as stealing a motor vehicle under certain circumstances, which are as follows:
(1) The vehicle belongs to or is on the control of another person;
(2) The taking is from a person who is in possession of the vehicle or from a passenger inside the vehicle;
(3) The taking is done against the person's will;
(4) The person committing the act intends to either permanently or temporarily deprive the person of the vehicle; and
(5) The taking is done in a manner using either force or fear.
A person convicted of carjacking may be sentenced to state prison for three, five, or nine years, depending on several factors. There are also enhancements that may apply if the person who is convicted of a carjacking used a dangerous weapon or a gun in the commission of the crime.
There are also other enhancements that may apply in a case where carjacking is proven. The most important thing a person can do for themselves or a loved one if they are being charged with carjacking is to hire an experienced and aggressive criminal defense attorney.
With the help of a criminal defense attorney a person who is charged with this crime can avoid jail time and a conviction. There are many options available.
At the Sigal Law Group we pride ourselves in being able to handle even the most complex cases and achieve great results for our clients. Contact us today for a free consultation with our carjacking defense attorneys.