Richmond Carjacking Attorney

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In the Commonwealth of Virginia, carjacking is treated the same as robbery. Of course, the difference is that a vehicle is the property that is stolen. Carjacking is the intentional seizure of a motor vehicle that deprives another from said vehicle. Aggressive defense from a skilled Richmond criminal defense lawyer is necessary to protect your future.

If convicted of carjacking, many aspects of your life could be at risk, including:

  • Your reputation
  • Your freedom
  • Your finances

While violence such as beating or striking may be used, the mere fear of bodily harm by the victim is enough to support the carjacking charge. The use of a firearm or other deadly weapon, whether used or threatened, would certainly cause the victim to fear for their life. This would therefore support a carjacking charge.

Carjacking Charges & Penalties in the Commonwealth of Virginia

Carjacking in Virginia is a felony. It is punishable by 15 years to life in prison. Of course, a prior criminal record and violence to the victim will affect the duration of the sentence if he or she is found guilty. Information about this crime is detailed under the Code of Virginia Sections 18.2-58 and 18.2-58-1.

When is carjacking a federal crime?

Carjacking is also a federal crime. The Federal Carjacking Statute, found in 18 USC § 2119, was enacted in 1992 and amended in 1994. The statute states that when a person intentionally takes a motor vehicle by intimidation, force or violence, with the intent to cause serious bodily harm or death, and takes the vehicle across state lines they have committed a federal offense.

If the victim is unharmed during the carjacking, the carjacker faces 15 years. If death occurs as a result of the carjacking the carjacker may receive death or life imprisonment. Someone who carjacks a vehicle in Virginia and is caught in Washington DC could face both State and Federal punishment.

Call Our Richmond Carjacking Defense Attorneys at Carlson & Collier

Don't wait to pursue the help you need. Our violent crimes legal team has more than 60 Years of collective experience, and we work hard to promote our clients' rights and interests and to be available to them 24/7. If you have been charged with carjacking, it is essential to acquire the assistance of an experience Richmond criminal defense attorney, like those at Carlson & Collier!

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