Carjacking is the taking by force of a vehicle of another with the intent
to deprive them of the vehicle by using force, violence,
assault, or putting them in fear. Both Federal and Florida law include heavy fines
and severe criminal penalties, including potential mandatory/minimum sentences
of up to 25 years and maximum potential sentences of up to LIFE. Mr. Petruzzi
has represented numerous individuals charged with, or under investigation
for, Carjacking offenses by both Federal and State authorities. His experience
and knowledge serves as an invaluable asset to his clients.
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Federal Carjacking offenses are investigated and prosecuted by various
agencies, including the FBI, DEA, Department of Homeland Security, and
the Department of Justice. Some common Federal Statutes criminalizing
18 USC Sec. 2119 –
Whoever, with the intent to cause death or serious bodily harm (!1) takes
a motor vehicle that has been transported, shipped, or received in interstate
or foreign commerce from the person or presence of another by force and
violence or by intimidation, or attempts to do so, shall -
(1) be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 15 years, or both,
(2) if serious bodily injury (as defined in section 1365 of this title,
including any conduct that, if the conduct occurred in the special maritime
and territorial jurisdiction of the United States, would violate section
2241 or 2242 of this title) results, be fined under this title or imprisoned
not more than 25 years, or both, and
(3) if death results, be fined under this title or imprisoned for any number
of years up to life, or both, or sentenced to death.
Florida Carjacking offenses are investigated and prosecuted by various
State and Local law enforcement agencies. Some common Florida Statutes
criminalizing Carjacking include:
(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 s.
775.083, or s.
(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 s.775.082, s.
775.083, or s.
(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.