Carjacking Attorney in Chicago
Have you been charged with carjacking?
Theft is a serious crime in any jurisdiction, and police and prosecutors will work diligently to pursue convictions for such charges. When a person takes another's vehicle without their consent, this is known as possession of a stolen motor vehicle. If the methods allegedly employed to take the vehicle go beyond idle threats or deception, and actual force or use of a deadly weapon is employed in commission of the crime, this will escalate the charge to that of carjacking – also known as vehicular hijacking in the state of Illinois.
If you or a loved one is facing carjacking charges, your first call should be to a Chicago criminal defense lawyer who can work immediately to protect your rights. You will need dedicated and experienced legal representation to challenge charges of this nature; the skilled attorneys at the Law Offices of Howard J. Wise & Associates are ready to help you. Our team has an edge over less experienced attorneys in that we spent time on the “other side” as former prosecutors. We understand both sides of criminal court proceedings in Chicago and throughout Cook County and the surrounding areas and are ready to use this experience to your advantage as we challenge your carjacking charges. We are dedicated to personal service and exemplary legal care for each one of our clients.
Chicago Carjacking Defense Lawyer
When theft of a motor vehicle occurs by use of force or the imminent threat of force, the crime of carjacking has occurred. This crime is prosecuted as a Class 1 felony. Punishment for a conviction can include 4 to 15 years in prison, and under certain aggravated circumstances this sentence can be extended to 15 to 30 years in prison. The option of probation in lieu of imprisonment will not be available in a carjacking case due to the severity of these charges.
Carjacking is a grievous felony offense and should be taken extremely seriously. If you or a loved one has been charged with this crime, contact a Chicago carjacking lawyer at our offices as soon as possible to discuss how we can assist you. We accept your calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!