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Man facing federal charges following alleged carjackings

On May 25, it was reported that a North Carolina man was indicted on federal drug and carjacking charges. The man, age 44, is facing up to 55 years in federal prison if he is convicted.

The man was accused of committing multiple carjackings on May 3 at about 4 p.m. after he allegedly caused a car accident in his own vehicle. According to authorities, the man approached a semi-truck that had stopped due to the accident, forcing both the driver and the passenger out of the vehicle and gunpoint. He reportedly tried to drive the vehicle away, but the truck jack-knifed while he was backing up. Authorities claim that he then attempted to carjack a second truck although the driver exited and locked the vehicle before the man was able to get into it. He then allegedly carjacked a third truck and began driving in the northbound lanes of Interstate 95.

The man was eventually taken into custody in Nash County 50 miles away. During the subsequent investigation, authorities allegedly discovered 11 ounces of marijuana in the man's vehicle. He was charged with driving while impaired, possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of a stolen firearm and a variety of other crimes.

Federal charges have severe consequences, including mandatory time spent in federal prison and probation. Depending on the circumstances surrounding a particular case, a federal criminal defense attorney may review the case and all of the evidence to determine what defense strategies may be appropriate. In some cases, challenging the evidence or showing inconsistencies between the evidence and police testimony may be an option. If a person is convicted on federal charges, an attorney might file an appeal if problems occurred during the initial trial.

Source: The Sampson Independent, "Sampson man served federal indictments", Chris Berendt, 05/25/2018

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