Carjacking

Carjacking Crimes in California

California Penal Code §215 PC defines carjacking as taking a motor vehicle from another person by way of force or fear.  In this case “force or fear” refers to actually inflicting physical force against the victim, or threatening to inflict physical harm.  If you are facing carjacking charges, it may be possible to establish that you did not use force or fear when taking the vehicle, that you had obtained prior consent to take the vehicle, or that it is a case of mistaken identity and you had nothing to do with the crime.  If you have been arrested or charged with carjacking, you should contact Damian Siwek, an experienced Los Angeles criminal defense attorney, at DCS Defense to schedule a no-cost confidential consultation to discuss your legal options.  We will fight aggressively in an effort to reach a case resolution that is beneficial to you.

Carjacking Penalties

Carjacking is a felony offense that is punishable by probation, up to $10,000 in fines, and up to 9 years in state prison.  It is important to note that these penalties do apply to each victim present in the car.  If there are multiple individuals inside the vehicle, the penalties increase.  In addition to these penalties, there are sentencing enhancements for carjacking that involve great bodily injury, the use of a weapon, or the murdering of someone during the crime.

For aggressive and effective representation against carjacking charges, including a free confidential consultation, contact Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Damian Siwek at DCS Defense.