Portland Carjacking Defense Lawyers
Criminal Defense Attorneys in Portland
Carjacking is a violent crime wherein the offender uses violence, force or threats in order to take a motor vehicle without the owner’s permission. Carjacking is actually a form of robbery, when the object of theft is a motor vehicle (car, truck, bus, SUV, motorcycle or boat). Kidnapping may also be associated with carjacking, as it may occur that a passenger or driver is taken with the vehicle.
Arrested for carjacking in or around Portland, Oregon? You need a Portland criminal defense attorney on your side to protect your rights as soon as possible. Carjacking is a felony offense, and this means that you may face a minimum state prison term of 1 year. You will face increased penalties if a deadly weapon was involved or if injury or death occurred as a result of the offense.
A defense lawyer will need to review the circumstances of your carjacking charges as soon as possible to determine what strategy can be worked out to defend your rights. This may include a reconstruction of the crime, interviewing witnesses, independently evaluating physical evidence and more. It may be possible to prove your factual innocence or that your rights were violated at some point during the investigation or criminal proceedings in order to have key evidence excluded from your case.
Portland, Oregon Carjacking Charges
Carjacking may also be referred to as auto theft, grand theft auto or the unauthorized use of a vehicle. While these other terms are used, carjacking specifically is a violent auto theft crime that carries heavy penalties and lasting consequences if you are convicted. Take action and consult a defense lawyer to help ensure that your rights and future are protected.
Contact a Portland carjacking defense attorney at our firm regarding your criminal charges.