Carjacking, also known as hijacking a motor vehicle, is a serious crime in Georgia. If you have been accused of this offense, it is crucial to have an experienced criminal defense attorney to represent you. Contact Wallack Law in Atlanta today. We are dedicated criminal defense lawyers who will fight tirelessly for the best possible outcome in your case.
Under Ga. Code Section 16-5-44.1, carjacking is referred to as hijacking a motor vehicle. This crime is charged in the first or second degree.
Pursuant to the statute, penalties upon conviction of hijacking a motor vehicle in the first degree include:
However, conviction of a second offense of first-degree carjacking, whether the first offense occurred in Georgia or in any other state or country recognized by the U.S., carries life imprisonment and a fine of not less than $100,000 and not more than $500,000. Penalties imposed under this statute may not be deferred, suspended, or probated.
For a first conviction of second-degree hijacking a motor vehicle, the penalties are:
For a second conviction of second-degree carjacking, penalties increase to three to 15 years imprisonment and a fine of not more than $5,000. A third or subsequent conviction of second-degree carjacking is punished by five to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.
Each carjacking case is different, and defenses will depend on the particular facts of the case. Possible defenses against first-degree carjacking accusations may include:
Carjacking is a serious offense that carries prison time and heavy fines. If you are facing charges of hijacking a motor vehicle in the first or second degree, it is in your best interests to speak with an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Call Wallack Law in Atlanta right away for the dedicated criminal defense you need.