California Carjacking Attorney
Have You Been Charged With Carjacking? Do Not Face This Charge Alone! Let WEBER LAW Help You Today!
In California, being found guilty of carjacking—i.e., robbery of a vehicle—can come with serious consequences. There are different aspects to the crime of robbery, all of which come with serious penalties. A charge of robbery can have detrimental effects on your record, which can follow you for life. It is important to know your rights and to have someone who knows the law on your side. Do not face these charges alone; do not face the court room alone.
Carjacking—or robbery of a vehicle—carries a severe sentence of years in prison. Without adequate legal help, you could be facing almost a decade in prison.
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California Carjacking Charges and Penalties
What is Robbery and how is it different from Theft?
In California, robbery is described as the felonious taking of personal property in the possession of another, from his person or immediate presence, and against his will, accomplished by means of force or fear.
Robbery is different than theft, as in robbery, the element of fear is involved and the victim is present. Fear is the worry of the victim of unlawful injury to his or her person or property, or their relative, if they do not provide the property requested by the offender.
There are two degrees of robbery. First degree robbery is robbery of a person who is performing his or her duties as an operator of a bus, cab, cable car, trolley, or vehicle that is used for the transportation of persons for hire or in a house which is being lived in. Stealing from a bus driver, cab driver, or even a train conductor are examples of first-degree robbery.
Additionally, another example of first degree robbery is robbery of any person while using an automated teller machine (ATM) or just leaving an ATM. It is seen on TV all of the time—someone visits the ATM and then they are immediately robbed for whatever money they just withdrew. That is an example of first-degree robbery.
Any other kind of robbery is second degree robbery.
What is the Punishment?
First degree robbery, as outlined above, can be punishable by imprisonment ranging from three to nine years. Second degree robbery is punishable by imprisonment ranging from two to five years. Sentences are determined by the court; different things can affect the outcome of a sentence, such as having a prior criminal record and the time served.
What is Carjacking?
Carjacking in the state of California is the felonious taking of a motor vehicle in the possession of another, from his or her person or immediate presence, against his or her will, with the intent to either permanently or temporarily deprive the person of their possession of the vehicle, accomplished by means of force or fear. Again, just like robbery, carjacking is different than theft, as the element of force or fear is used, along with the presence of a person from who to take the car.
It is important to note that you can be charged with both robbery and carjacking for the same act.
What is the Punishment?
Carjacking is punishable by imprisonment ranging from three to nine years.
Contact Weber Law immediately if you’ve been arrested on a carjacking charge. We offer a free confidential case evaluation – serving Los Angeles and the surrounding areas.
How Can You Fight A Charge Of Carjacking And How Can WEBER LAW Help You?
It can be scary and nerve wracking to have criminal charges on your record, but it has an added severity when years in prison is one of the potential sentences. The court system can be intimidating, and without good legal help, the consequences can be devastating. Our experienced team is comfortable looking at evidence, negotiating potential plea agreements, and defending you in court. There are ways to fight the charge of robbery and carjacking. Weber Law will look at all the evidence available to the different aspects you could have been charged with, including but not limited to, potential witnesses, potential alibis, and potential misunderstandings. Weber Law will work to lower your charge or sentence. We will fight for you to keep your record clean. Robbery or carjacking, no matter the circumstances, is not a charge that you want to fight alone; let our team of experienced attorneys help you navigate the criminal justice system. Carjacking can have detrimental effects on your life, including losing potential job prospects, and a black mark on your record that will follow you. If you or someone you know has been charged with carjacking or robbery of a vehicle in the state of California, contact Weber Law for your free consultation today.
CA Penal Code § 211, Definition
CA Penal Code § 212, Fear defined
CA Penal Code § 212.5, Robbery; degrees
CA Penal Code § 213, Robbery; punishment
CA Penal Code § 215, Carjacking; punishment
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