Get Proven Defense for Your Charges
You hear about such incidents in the news almost every day. Someone has their vehicle stolen right out from underneath them by a criminal brandishing a gun or using threats of force or intimidation. This crime is called carjacking. It is a very serious charge and if convicted, a person faces at least 9 years in prison – potentially much more if a weapon is used or someone is injured. If you or a loved one has been caught up in a carjacking incident and now face charges, stay calm and call a San Diego theft lawyer for assistance. Immediate legal care is available to you and it is extremely important.
Several key elements must be proven by prosecutors in a carjacking trial. The elements of the crime are very similar to robbery, except specifically involving a vehicle:
- The car or motor vehicle did not belong to you
- The vehicle was taken directly from a driver or passenger, or in their immediate presence
- You took the vehicle against the owner/occupier’s will
- Force or fear was used to take the vehicle or to prevent resistance
- You intended to deprive the owner of the property on (essentially) a permanent basis
Carjacking actually not only involves gaining possession of a stolen vehicle, but also moving it – even if only a short distance. It must also be proven that there existed intent to steal the vehicle prior to execution of any force or fear.
Let Our Firm Fight for You!
If alleged to have committed a carjacking, your first call needs to be to a firm that will be fully committed to providing an excellent defense. The Law Offices of Top Criminal Defense Law Firms, APLC, fits that bill. We have success in countless criminal trials, extensive legal experience, and a reputation for excellence in client care. Allow our accomplishments to speak to the quality of our legal representation, and allow us to go to bat for your case.
Why delay in protecting your legal rights and future? Contact a San Diego carjacking defense lawyer as soon as possible.