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Understanding federal carjacking charges and penalties

It is not uncommon for motor vehicles to be stolen in North Carolina. There is a difference, however, between certain types of car theft. Carjacking is an allegation that can result in major penalties if there is a conviction. The circumstances will determine the level of charges. Those who are confronted with charges related to carjacking should be cognizant of when it will be considered a federal offense.

If a motor vehicle is taken from a person who is transporting, shipping or receiving it as commerce between states or internationally, and if it is done by a person who possesses a firearm and takes the vehicle by intimidation, violence or force, it will be considered a federal violation. Penalties for a conviction include a fine, up to 15 years of imprisonment or both.

With carjacking and serious bodily injury, there will be a fine, up to 25 of years imprisonment or both. If there is a death, there can be a fine, up to life imprisonment or both. A change to federal law in 1994 made it possible to incur the death sentence if a person is killed during the commission of a carjacking.

Carjacking a vehicle that was being transported interstate or internationally carries with it significant penalties that differ from state charges. It is possible that a person made a mistake in trying to steal a car or was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Federal crimes are different than state crimes, and it is important that anyone charged with federal offenses understands this. The mandatory sentences, the way evidence is admitted and more must be considered when crafting a defense. Having legal assistance from a law firm that is experienced in federal criminal defense may be useful in combating these charges.


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