The Law in Plain English – Boca Raton ➔ Boynton ➔ West Palm Beach ➔ Jupiter’s Top Criminal Lawyer Joshua LeRoy, ESQ. on:Carjacking – F.S. 812.133
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Acarjacking charge is a crime of violence. Carjacking is essentially the use of force, threat, or violence to take a motor vehicle from a person.
Carjacking is a level 7 offense, first degree felony. According to the Florida Criminal Punishment Code, the minimum sentence you will receive is 21 months in prison if found guilty or convicted, and you have zero (0) priors. However, because the crime is a first degree felony, you may be sentenced up to thirty (30) years in prison or thirty (30) years probation. Additionally a fine of up to $10,000 is possible.
The use of a firearm or other deadly weapon during a carjacking seriously enhances the possible punishments, pushing the charge to a level 9 offense. According to the Florida Criminal Punishment Code, the minimum sentence you will receive is 48 months in prison if found guilty or convicted, and you have zero (0) priors.
However, because the weapon pushes the crime to a punishable by life felony, you may be sentenced up to life in prison or lifetime probation. If a firearm is possessed during the commission of the crime, even if not used, the 10/20/life rule is applied. A mandatory ten (10) years in prison is required if a firearm is possessed during the commission of the crime. A mandatory twenty (20) years in required if a firearm is fired during the commission of the crime. If someone was killed or injured as a result of the firearm being shot, a mandatory sentence of at least twenty-five (25) years must be imposed.
There are defenses to a carjacking charge, and the best course of action is to contact a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney. I have resolved many carjacking cases to lessor offenses, including grand theft auto.
If you, or someone you know, have been charged with Carjacking in Palm Beach County (from Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Lake Worth, West Palm Beach and up to Jupiter), or any of the surrounding areas use the form below to drop me a note. Let me know a bit about yourself, what’s happened, and a good time to contact you.
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