Car Jacking Laws Virginia Maryland

Car jacking is a form of hijacking, where the crime is of stealing a motor vehicle when the vehicle is occupied.

The crime of car jacking is extremely hazardous, threatening the physical safety of both the carjacker and the victim. To secure the car, the car jacker may sometimes shoot the victim or physically push/pull the victim out of the driver’s seat to force him or her out of the car.

Have you been charged with car jacking in Maryland or Virginia? Are you facing a carjacking charge in Maryland or Virginia?

If you need help to defend yourself against a car jacking charge in Maryland or Virginia, then contact the SRIS Law Group Maryland or Virginia car jacking defense lawyers for help.

What is Carjacking according to the law of Virginia?

Under the laws of Virginia section 16-3-1075, carjacking is defined as the use of force, violence, and threats to obtain a car from another person, when that individual is already functioning in that car. Car theft including carjacking is a widespread crime in the state of Virginia. There are many common methods to steal cars, from opportunity crime (such as ignition key or neglect) to more violent methods such as breaking, entering and killing.

What are the possible penalties for the crime of carjacking?

A person convicted of a felony of massacres faces a maximum of 20 years’ imprisonment but faces a maximum prison sentence of 30 years if the car is a direct result of serious injuries.

How convicting such crimes can affect the life of a person?

If a person is caught in such crime in Virginia, the most possible outcome is the imprisonment for a longer term. Such imprisonments and punishments affect the life of the person greatly. He not only has to stay away from the friends and family but also gets negligible importance left behind. Moreover, such crimes greatly affect the overall life of the person.

If these crimes are convicted by people of younger ages, their future comes on the line. It becomes difficult for them to find an appropriate job or to get higher education and scholarships elsewhere.

How can competent authorities help in such situations?

We know the prosecution, the understanding of the Criminal Code in the state, our understanding and true focus on the rights and freedoms of the accused criminals to ensure that you have a strong defense plan.

When you are free, your family and family are stable, financially viable and risky – you need someone who understands this and will work hard to protect your interests. Arresting a person or investigating him for committing crimes can mean many things. This does not mean you are guilty or you do not have the right. If there is such possibility that you have not committed the crime or are wrongly accused by someone in this regard, you can always get help from the competent attorneys all over the Virginia. You don’t have to pay for the crimes that you have not committed. At SRIS law Group, our competent and professional attorneys excel in helping their clients throughout. They prevent the wastage of the years of life of a person that are falsely being accused and had to serve a larger period of jail time. In such circumstances, the attorneys get the knowledge of the crime scene and whatever was committed at the place and then carefully analyze the benefits and harms that can be delivered to the respective person in this regard. They always try their best to get their client out of such troublesome situations which can adversely affect their future in terms of jobs, education and family behavior for a longer term and make ways easier for them.

The following are some of the laws in VA & MD:

  • § 18.2-58.1. Carjacking; penalty.

A. Any person who commits carjacking, as herein defined, shall be guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for life or a term not less than fifteen years.



B. As used in this section, “carjacking” means the intentional seizure or seizure of control of a motor vehicle of another with intent to permanently or temporarily deprive another in possession or control of the vehicle of that possession or control by means of partial strangulation, or suffocation, or by striking or beating, or by other violence to the person, or by assault or otherwise putting a person in fear of serious bodily harm, or by the threat or presenting of firearms, or other deadly weapon or instrumentality whatsoever. “Motor vehicle” shall have the same meaning as set forth in § 46.2-100.
C. The provisions of this section shall not preclude the applicability of any other provision of the criminal law of the Commonwealth which may apply to any course of conduct which violates this section.
  • Md. CRIMINAL LAW Code Ann. § 7-105. Motor vehicle theft.

(a)  “Owner” defined.- In this section, “owner” means a person who has a lawful interest in or is in lawful possession of a motor vehicle by consent or chain of consent of the title owner.

(b)  Prohibited.- A person may not knowingly and willfully take a motor vehicle out of the owner’s lawful custody, control, or use without the owner’s consent.

(c)  Penalty.- A person who violates this section:

(1) is guilty of the felony of taking a motor vehicle and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 5 years or a fine not exceeding $5,000 or both; and

(2) shall restore the motor vehicle or, if unable to restore the motor vehicle, pay to the owner the full value of the motor vehicle.
(d)  Effect on general theft prosecution; merger.-

(1) This section does not preclude prosecution for theft of a motor vehicle under §  7-104 of this part.

(2) If a person is convicted under § 7-104 of this part and this section for the same  act or transaction, the conviction under this section shall merge for sentencing purposes into the conviction under § 7-104 of this part.

  • ALM GL ch. 265, § 21A  Carjacking.

Whoever, with intent to steal a motor vehicle, assaults, confines, maims or puts any person in fear for the purpose of stealing a motor vehicle shall, whether he succeeds or fails in the perpetration of stealing the motor vehicle be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than fifteen years or in a jail or house of correction for not more than two and one-half years and a fine of not less than one thousand nor more than fifteen thousand dollars; provided, however, that any person who commits any offense described herein while being armed with a dangerous weapon shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than twenty years or in a jail or house of correction for not less than one year nor more than two and one-half years and a fine of not less than five nor more than fifteen thousand dollars. Whoever commits any offense described in this section while being armed with a firearm, rifle, shotgun, machine gun or assault weapon, shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not less than five years in state prison.