Florida Statute 812.133 states that "Carjacking" means the taking of a motor vehicle which may be the subject of larceny from the person or custody of another, with intent to either permanently or temporarily deprive the person or the owner of the motor vehicle, when in the course of the taking there is the use of force, violence, assault, or putting in fear. Essentially, carjacking is grand theft auto by the use or threat of force.
Any carjacking charge is a first-degree felony punishable by up to thirty years in state prison. Typically, this offense scores high enough to warrant mandatory prison. If a firearm or other deadly weapon was carried during the carjacking, the crime is punishable by up to life in prison - without the possibility of early release. The weapon does not even have be used or displayed, but simply carried at the time of the offense.
Have you been charged with carjacking in Tampa Bay? A criminal defense lawyer from The Lawler Firm can help.
Carjacking cases are very serious crimes, and are prosecuted intensely by the State Attorney's office. Defenses are specific to the facts and circumstances of each particular case. A Tampa Bay carjacking defense attorney can discuss your options based on the facts of your case.
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