Santa Barbara Carjacking Defense Lawyers
Get 30+ Years of Combined Legal Experience on Your Side
If you have been charged with carjacking in California, the penalties you
face are severe. It is imperative to obtain legal representation from
an experienced lawyer who can do whatever it takes it takes to get the
best results possible.
Appel & Morse, we have a thorough understanding of California criminal law to guide
you through the complexities of your case. With more than three decades
of collective experience, our
Santa Barbara criminal defense attorneys have spent an extensive amount of time in the courtroom and at trial.
Let us help you either get your charges reduced or your case dismissed entirely.
California Carjacking Penalties
According to California Penal Code section 215, carjacking is defined as
the felonious taking of a motor vehicle in the possession of another,
against his or her will and with the intent to either permanently or temporarily
deprive the individual in possession of the motor vehicle of his or her
possession, accomplished by means of force or fear. To prove that a suspect
is guilty carjacking, the prosecution must prove that the defendant took
a motor vehicle that was not his or her own, the motor vehicle was taken
from another person’s possession and immediate presence, the vehicle
was taken against that person’s will, the defendant used force or
fear to take the vehicle or to prevent the person from resisting, and
the defendant intended to deprive the owner of possession of the vehicle.
Carjacking is considered a felony, punishable by a maximum prison sentence
of nine years and a fine of up to $10,000. In addition, carjacking is
a “strike” under California’s "three strikes"
law, meaning that the convicted person must serve at least 85% of his
or her sentence before being eligible for parole.
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Our legal team is dedicated to treating you with the care and respect that
you deserve while we aggressively pursue the most favorable outcome of
your case. As former prosecutors, our Santa Barbara criminal defense lawyers
can anticipate how the prosecution will approach your case, giving you
an advantage in the courtroom.
Contact us to discuss your legal options immediately.