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What is Carjacking?
Carjacking is a type of robbery that involves a vehicle. Stealing a car is considered carjacking if you used or threatened to use force against the victim. It can also be considered carjacking if you use force to get the keys from the victim, even if the victim was away from the car.
How is Carjacking Different from Grand Theft Auto?
Carjacking and grand theft auto are similar in that both involve stealing an automobile. However, the two crimes differ in terms of the manner in which a vehicle is stolen. Carjacking is always a violent offense that involves forceful taking of a car from a person. Grand theft auto, on the other hand, can occur without any violence and often the victim is not even present.
What are the Likely Consequences of Being Charged with Carjacking?
Carjacking is a felony in every state. A carjacking is seen as a violent crime against a person rather than against property. Also, police often add other charges when a carjacking occurs. For example, since carjacking requires force, an assault and battery charge often is included. Common consequences include:
- Parole or probation (after being imprisoned)
- Paying restitution and other fines
- Death penalty - this is a possibility, especially if a person is killed during the carjacking
How Can an Attorney Help Me?
Carjacking is a serious auto crime that can severely affect the rest of your life. If you are charged with carjacking, consult an experienced attorney to learn more about your rights, defenses, and the complicated legal system.
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Last Modified: 08-12-2013 11:22 AM PDT
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