Carjacking and Aggravated Carjacking

Carjacking and Aggravated Carjacking: A Felony Crime in Massachusetts

Boston Area Aggravated Carjacking Defense Lawyers, Brockton, MA

Car jacking defense attorneys serving the Boston area.In the state of Massachusetts, carjacking is defined as the use of force, confinement or intimidation to steal an occupied motor vehicle. If you used a dangerous weapon while carjacking or attempting a carjacking the charge can be escalated to aggravated carjacking, which carries a much stiffer penalty.  Using a a dangerous is not limited to a using gun or a knife; even threatening someone with a baseball bat or any type of blunt instrument also counts as a dangerous weapon.

Massachusetts Law: Penalties for Conviction for Carjacking

  • Ordinary carjacking is punishable by up to 30 months in jail and a fine of up to $15,000;
  • Aggravated carjacking carries a sentence of up to 20 years with a five-year minimum sentence.

Getting a Conviction for Carjacking

To get a conviction for the charge of carjacking or aggravated carjacking, the district attorney has to prove that the defendant intended to steal the motor vehicle (and not just to harass or assault its occupant), and that the driver of the car felt sufficiently threatened or intimidated to exit the car.

If a vehicle is stolen and driven away with any of its occupants still inside, you may also be charged with kidnapping in addition to carjacking.

To be charged with carjacking or aggravated carjacking, it is not necessary that the suspect actually succeeded in stealing the motor vehicle; the mere attempt of carjacking is sufficient to be charged with a crime.

Have You Been Charged With Carjacking? We Can Help.

Carjacking is an extremely serious felony crime, and in Massachusetts, a crime that is not looked on lightly by judges, jurors or district attorneys.

If you or a loved one has been accused of carjacking or aggravated carjacking, our experienced criminal defense lawyers can help.  We will work to secure the best possible outcome to your case, in many cases by by pleading you down to a lesser charge that mandates less jail time.

Call our Massachusetts criminal defense law offices at (508) 584-6955 or email us for a free consultation to discuss your case.

Our knowledgeable and experienced Massachusetts defense attorneys at The Noonan Defense Firm are available to assist clients throughout all of Southeast Massachusetts, including but not limited to Brockton, Taunton, Bridgewater, and East and West Bridgewater, Hingham, Weymouth, Quincy, Plymouth, Marshfield, Attleboro, Canton, Stoughton and all smaller cities and rural areas in Southern Massachusetts. We also serve the counties of Plymouth, Norfolk and Bristol, Massachusetts.

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