Carjacking Attorneys in Worcester County
Defending Carjacking Charges in Massachusetts
Carjacking is a violent crime that occurs when a person steals a car by using force or intimidation. If you have been charged with this offense, you need to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. At Murphy & Rudolf LLP, our Worcester County carjacking defense attorneys have defended countless cases, and we know how to fight for our clients.
If you have been accused of carjacking, call our firm at (508) 570-3037 to schedule your free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys today!
What Is Carjacking?
In Massachusetts, carjacking is defined as the act of forcibly, violently, or by intimidation, seizing control of a motor vehicle from its rightful owner or operator. This is considered a serious offense under state law, punishable with severe consequences. The act could involve the use of a dangerous weapon, even if the individual in possession of the weapon doesn't intend to use it. The intent to steal the car is enough to warrant a carjacking charge, regardless of whether the attempt was successful or not.
What Are the Penalties for Carjacking in Massachusetts?
Carjacking is categorized as a felony due to its violent nature and the potential harm it can cause. Under the Massachusetts General Laws, felonies are classified into different categories depending upon the severity and particular nature of the crime.
Carjacking, being a serious offense, can fall into various classifications of felonies based on the circumstances of the crime such as the presence of a deadly weapon, infliction of physical harm, or prior criminal record of the accused. The precise classification can significantly impact the severity of the judicial sentencing, making it imperative to fully understand the specifics of the charges.
If convicted of carjacking in Massachusetts, the individual faces serious penalties. The state law stipulates that any person found guilty of carjacking shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than 15 years or in a house of correction for not more than 2.5 years.
Furthermore, if the carjacking involved the use of a firearm, the sentence could potentially be increased, with an additional term of at least 15 years to life in prison.
It's crucial to note that these are merely the basic legal repercussions, and they can escalate depending on the specifics of the case, including prior convictions, injuries caused, and the overall circumstances surrounding the crime.
How Our Carjacking Attorneys Can Help
Our Worcester County carjacking defense attorneys are ready to defend you against your charges. We understand that these charges can be life-changing, but we are ready to fight for you. We know how to challenge evidence, negotiate with prosecutors, and represent you in court. When you choose us, we will listen to your story and work hard to defend your rights and your future.
Call us at (508) 570-3037 to schedule a free consultation today!
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