Criminal Lawyer for Carjacking Arrest
A carjacking (California Penal Code 215) is the taking of a vehicle from an individual while in the immediate presence of someone who possessed the automobile or from the passenger without his or her consent. This is accomplished via force or threat with the intention of depriving the other person of the vehicle permanently or temporarily. California has one of the strictest penal codes on carjacking in the nation and it is considered a serious theft crime offense. If convicted of this crime you can receive up to nine years in jail. The penalty can be increased if a weapon was involved in the carjacking. Due to a carjacking being a “serious felony” in California it will accompany a “strike” under the California Three Strikes law if you are convicted.
If you are being charged with carjacking in Los Angeles you should contact our criminal defense lawyers at Cron, Israel and Stark as soon as you can.
How a Los Angeles attorney help?
A defense lawyer can assist you in protecting your right as there are some critical defenses that can be used to help you from being convicted. There is a specific criterion that has to be proven to convict and incarcerate anyone of a carjacking and having an experienced lawyer on your side is a must. Understanding how to interact with the judge, prosecutors and investigators can greatly increase your ability to negotiate a reduction in charges.
If you or a loved one is facing a carjacking charge, we understand that it can cause confusion, stress and anxiety regarding what to do. We know that it is a difficult time and we are here to help you through the process and help you understand your options. We have over 100 years of combined experience with many cases such as yours and our competent criminal defense lawyers want to help you bring about the best possible resolution to your case. Contact our office today for a free initial consultation.