In the early 1960's there was a crime wave in the United States involving truck hijackings. That prompted the government in 1962 to make the offense a federal crime. After that, in the 1970's, many carjacking crimes were committed. Estimates are that approximately one-half of all carjacking attempts are successful.
Carjacking is a serious felony offense with harsh penalties. Often people are injured or killed during the crime. If you have been involved in a carjacking and found guilty, you will likely be facing a lengthy stay in state prison. You should immediately contact a Fort Myers criminal attorney who can aggressively defend you and fight for your rights concerning your carjacking charges.
At Calvo & Calvo, Attorneys at Law our lawyers are experienced and knowledgeable in all areas of criminal law and we defend many clients with criminal charges including carjacking.
Carjacking crime involves stealing a motor vehicle while armed and the vehicle is occupied by another (usually the vehicle owner). The crimes are usually quite violent because it involves forcing another to get out of the car by physical force or threat of harm. If a carjacking occurs and the vehicle occupant remains in the car then the crime of kidnapping adds to the charges. Sometimes there is a child in the back seat of the car, making the crime even worse. Felony convictions can result in a:
In our legal system, criminals have the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. It is the job of the prosecutor to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a defendant is guilty of committing a crime such as a carjacking. It is the job of a criminal defense lawyer to challenge any of the evidence brought by the prosecutor on behalf of the people (government). Often law enforcement makes mistakes during apprehension, arrest, and while taking statements.
If your rights have been violated you may have charges reduced or dropped, depending on the circumstances. Our goal is to keep you out of jail with the most favorable outcome for you considering your situation. We have experience in defending criminal charges such as carjacking accusations. It is important that you make an appointment today to have one of our attorneys review your carjacking case.
Contact a Fort Myers Theft Crime Lawyer if you need defense against criminal charges of carjacking.