West Palm Beach FL Carjacking Defense Lawyers


carjackingThe criminal defense lawyers at Arnesen Law represent clients charged with a wide variety of theft and fraud offenses, such as carjacking, grand theft, and prescription fraud, in jurisdictions including West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, and Royal Palm Beach.

Notably, the firm’s managing partner, Jay Arnesen, has acquired a great deal of knowledge regarding these types of offenses due to his service as a former police officer. His previous experience providing the state with the necessary evidence to prosecute defendants facing theft and fraud charges has endowed him with exceptional insight into the components of a successful defense strategy. Mr. Arnesen now employs this knowledge to better serve his clients who have been charged with these offenses.

With offices conveniently located in Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale, the lawyers at Arnesen Law are readily available for their clients, whom they successfully represent in courts throughout South Florida. Contact their offices anytime at 561-419-9630 for a free consultation about your case.

As a former police officer, I used to help prosecute these charges for the State. Now, let me use my training and experience to combat these charges for you in court.” Jay Arnesen, Esq.

Carjacking – Florida Statutes Section 812.133

Carjacking crimes, which are codified in Chapter 812 Section 133 of the Florida Statutes, are considered among the most serious of offenses. The presence of a firearm or other deadly weapon during the commission of these crimes warrants even more severe penalties than those committed in the absence of a such weapons. Under this section:

(1) “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.

(2)   (a) If in the course of committing the carjacking the offender carried a firearm or other deadly weapon, then the carjacking is a felony of the first degree, punishable by imprisonment for a term of years not exceeding life imprisonment or as provided in section 775.082, section 775.083, or section 775.084.

(b) If in the course of committing the carjacking the offender carried no firearm, deadly weapon, or other weapon, then the carjacking is a felony of the first degree, punishable as provided in section 775.082, section 775.083, or section 775.084.

(3)  (a) An act shall be deemed “in the course of committing the carjacking” if it occurs in an attempt to commit carjacking or in flight after the attempt or commission.

(b) An act shall be deemed “in the course of the taking” if it occurs either prior to, contemporaneous with, or subsequent to the taking of the property and if it and the act of taking constitute a continuous series of acts or events.

Carjacking – Potential Penalties

First Degree Carjacking with a Firearm or Other Deadly Weapon: maximum sentence of life imprisonment and fines not to exceed $15,000 

First Degree Carjacking: maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and fines not to exceed $10,000

*Notably, a conviction for first degree carjacking with a firearm requires a mandatory minimum prison sentence per the dictates of Chapter 775, Section 87, often referred to as Florida’s “10, 20, Life Law.” According to this statute, a person who commits a carjacking offense while in possession of a firearm is subject to a minimum 10-year prison term. Further, a minimum term of 20 years is required if the weapon is discharged and a sentence ranging from 25 years to life in prison must be imposed if said discharge results in the death or serious injury of another.

Contact Our Palm Beach County Robbery Defense Lawyers for a Free Consultation

If you or a loved one has been charged with carjacking in South Florida, find the help you need by contacting the criminal defense lawyers at Arnesen Law. Our lawyers are always available to provide free legal consultations. Call us today about your case at 561-419-9630.

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Jay Arnesen is a retired police officer turned criminal defense attorney who now defends clients charged with criminal and traffic (DUI) offenses in South Florida. With offices conveniently located in Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton, Mr. Arnesen appears in courts throughout South Florida on a regular basis. Protect your rights, contact experienced criminal defense lawyer Jay Arnesen anytime for a free initial consultation at 866-347-6296.

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Boca Raton

1825 NW Corporate Blvd. Suite 110

Boca Raton, FL 33431

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633 South Andrews Avenue

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

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