Guide to Carjacking Law

Carjacking Law Information - Understand Your Rights

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A person has committed the crime of carjacking when he or she takes a vehicle through force, violent acts, or a threat of intimidation. Oftentimes, carjacking comes with other charges such as robbery or intentional harm to a person. Learn more here.

  • ContentCarjacking - Does It Add an Additional Charge to Other Crimes?

    Carjacking crimes often accompany other charges when the accused commits multiple illegal acts at the same time when attempting to steal a car from someone behind the driver’s seat. These other crimes tend to add to together or may lead to multi-jurisdictional problems for the person accused of engaging in each illegal action.

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  • ContentCarjacking and Joyriding - What Is the Difference?

    There are specific differences between joyriding and carjacking that require a certain understanding with the individual accused of either or both of these crimes because it can significantly affect the possible sentencing and if the person has a misdemeanor or felony on his or her criminal record. The definition and differences may depend on the state.

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  • ContentCarjacking with a Child in the Car - Can I Be Charged with Kidnapping?

    Carjacking with anyone in the vehicle can result in additional crimes of abduction, but when these passengers are minors below the age of majority in the state, most locations will also charge the carjacker with kidnapping. These charges generally depend on the state for severity and degree along with harsher or lesser penalties for the additional crime.

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  • ContentCharged with Aggravated Carjacking? A Criminal Defense Lawyer Can Help

    Aggravated factors added to a standard case often raise the possible sentencing penalties that the judge or jury will incur for a conviction, and the negative outcome of the court case can lead to years or decades behind bars. The person charged with aggravated carjacking will need the services of a criminal defense lawyer to refute the charges or help increase the strength of the defensive case.

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  • ContentCrime of Carjacking

    When a person takes a vehicle through force, violent acts or the threat of intimidation, a person has committed the crime of carjacking. The definition set forth by the United States Justice Department for carjacking is the accomplished or attempted theft of a vehicle by someone unknown by the victim.

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  • ContentWhen Is Carjacking Added to Other Charges?

    Carjacking is one of several possible charges that one person may face at the same time as others when the local police officers believe the individual committed other crimes simultaneously. These charges can encompass many different illegal activities to include robbery, manslaughter, intentional harm to a person and even murder.

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