Arrested for Carjacking in Ventura?
Get the Professional Legal Defense You Need
Even if a car is returned after it has been stolen from the rightful owner against their will, it can still be charged as carjacking. A conviction can put you behind bars for many years, effectively ruining your life, which means you need someone on your side that can contest your charges. If you have been charged with carjacking, look no further than our accomplished Ventura criminal defense attorney to fight on your behalf.
At theLaw Office of Christopher P. Welch, we pride ourselves on how we take care of our clients who come to us under duress. We take the time to understand our clients' cases and put together a criminal defense that is tailored to their needs. We have more than 10 years of experience on our side, which means that we are not surprised by anyone's legal situation. Attorney Christopher P. Welch has a Superb rating from Avvo and is unafraid of taking on misdemeanor or felony charges because he knows what it takes to win.
Carjacking Laws in California
Carjacking involves the taking of an automobile while the owner is present, either inside the vehicle or near it. This is a felony charge that can carry up to nine years in prison.
- The prosecution must prove the following to get a conviction:
- You obtained a vehicle not your own
- The rightful owner was in the vicinity
- You obtained the vehicle without permission and against the owner's wishes
- You obtained the vehicle by use of force or intimidation
- You did the above to intentionally deprive the owner for some amount of time
Your sentence can be enhanced if you used a firearm during the carjacking, you intentionally discharged the weapon, or the weapon injured or killed another person, resulting in an additional 10, 20, or 25 years in prison, respectively.
Work with Our Ventura Criminal Defense Attorney
When you choose to work with the Law Office of Christopher P. Welch, you will have access to our talented legal team who can fight passionately against your charges. If you were actually given permission to use the vehicle or did not use force or threats to obtain it, you cannot be charged with carjacking.
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