Virginia Beach Carjacking Defense Lawyer
Strong Criminal Defense Representation in Hampton Roads and Virginia Beach
Carjacking is considered a serious violent crime in the state of Virginia. If you have been charged with carjacking in Virginia Beach or Hampton Roads, you will need a strong defense. Our firm, the Law Office of Shawn M. Cline, P.C. has a reputation for skilled and aggressive legal representation in criminal defense matters. Attorney Cline has demonstrated his skills and commitment to his clients in a decade's worth of cases heard in the local courts. You can count on his dedication to results and his solid legal ability as well as the kind of personalized service that you don't often find in larger firms. Let us use our knowledge and proficiency to help defend you at this critical time.
Carjacking Laws in Virginia
Carjacking is described under Section 18.2 – 58.1 of Virginia law as the "intentional seizure or seizure of control of a motor vehicle of another with intent to permanently or temporarily deprive another in possession or control of the vehicle of that possession or control." The law goes on to state that this vehicle seizure may be committed through such means as strangulation, suffocation, striking or beating, or by other violence against the victim or assault or otherwise putting the victim in fear of serious bodily harm. It may also be committed by threatening the victim with a gun or other deadly weapon.
Carjacking is charged as a felony in Virginia punishable by a prison term of not less than 15 years or life in prison and fines of up to $100,000. In cases where a deadly weapon is used against the victim(s), additional years may be added to the minimum of 15 years.
Because of the violent nature of a carjacking crime which involves both robbery of a vehicle and assault against a person, it is heavily prosecuted. The stakes are high when it comes to this offense which is why you need the help of a proven criminal defense attorney throughout the duration of your case.
Talk to Attorney Shawn M. Cline Today
Our firm offers a free, initial consultation in which you can talk to our experienced Virginia Beach carjacking defense attorney about the particulars of your case. Learn more about the legal factors involved in your situation and what we can do to help fight for your future. Contact us today.