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,
- 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
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