“Carjacking” (the hijacking of a motor vehicle) is a very serious crime in Florida and carries possible penalties which can be very stiff.
If you have been charged with carjacking, you should not delay in contacting a good attorney. You need a lawyer with years of trial court experience and extensive knowledge of the prosecution to work tirelessly on your behalf.
South Florida Criminal Attorney Evan A. Hoffman is one of the most skilled attorneys in the state. Mr. Hoffman has the experience, reputation, resources, and a team of experts working for him which all enable him to provide you with the best defense possible.
Evan Hoffman is a skilled criminal defense lawyer with years of experience defending individuals charged with carjacking, burglary, robbery, and other serious theft and property crimes.
Evan is a former prosecutor and proven trial lawyer, who knows the tactics used by the prosecution. From the initial consultation, he will begin working zealously on your behalf to build the strongest defense possible.
Contact The Hoffman Firm at (305) 249-0090 to schedule a confidential consultation. The Hoffman Firm strongly defends individuals throughout Miami, Miami Beach, North Miami, Hialeah, and surrounding cities in Miami-Dade County.
- What is carjacking under Florida law?
- What are the penalties for carjacking under Florida law?
- Can the criminal penalties for carjacking be enhanced?
- Is there more information available on carjacking?
Carjacking under Florida Law
Under Florida code 812.133 Carjacking is defined as:
“(1) […] 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.”
Penalties for Carjacking in Florida
Carjacking is prosecuted as a First Degree Felony and is assigned a Level 7 offense severity ranking under Florida’s Criminal Punishment Code. If convicted of carjacking, a judge is required to impose a minimum prison sentence of Twenty-One (21) months in prison and can also impose any combination of the following penalties:
- Up to Thirty (30) years in prison.
- Up to Thirty (30) years of probation.
- Up to $10,000 in fines.
Weapon Enhancement in Miami-Dade County Carjacking Cases
If a weapon is used in the commission of the Carjacking, the crime becomes punishable by up to life in prison and will be classified as a Level 9 offense under Florida’s sentencing guidelines, which would require a judge to impose a minimum prison sentence of Forty-Eight (48) months in prison.
10/20/Life Firearm Enhancement for Miami Carjacking Crimes
If a firearm was used in the commission of a Carjacking, a person can also be sentenced under Florida’s 10-20-Life statute Under the 10-20-Life statute, a person convicted of Carjacking could receive one of the following minimum mandatory prison sentences depending on how the firearm was used:
- A minimum Ten (10) year prison term if in possession of a firearm;
- A minimum Twenty (20) year prison term if the firearm was discharged; and
- A minimum Twenty-five (25) year prison term if someone is injured or killed by the firearm.
More Resources on Carjacking in Florida
The Florida Senate- This state site provides information on carjacking penalties and definitions.
National Organization for Victim Assistance- This organization provides support resources for victims of violent crime.
If you are facing charges of Carjacking you need to be proactive in defending yourself by obtaining the services of someone like Evan Hoffman.
Mr. Hoffman can mount a defense using his experience not only as a criminal defense attorney but also as a former prosecutor to help make the system work for you.
Give The Hoffman Firm a call today at (305) 249-0090 and someone will be happy to schedule a free consultation with you. This firm serves clients in Miami, North Miami, and surrounding areas.