There are many federal crimes that have a variety of penalties in the United States. One that is more common is carjacking. Carjacking is when a person steals a vehicle through force or intimidation. The automobile must have a driver or passenger present for the theft to be considered carjacking.

In Florida, carjacking is a felony offense when the person attempting to steal the vehicle uses a weapon to commit the crime. For example, if you attempt to steal a vehicle and use a gun to make the person get out of the vehicle, then you could face felony carjacking charges. If you do not use a weapon or firearm, then it is a felony, but it is a felony of the first degree.

Why does it matter what degree the charge is?

The degree dictates a few things, including the fines you face and the length of a prison sentence allowed by the court. Florida allows penalties up to a life sentence in most felony cases, so it’s important to defend yourself cautiously throughout your case. If you end up with a life sentence, you could face fines of up to $15,000. For a first-degree felony, the fine shouldn’t exceed $10,000.

Our site has more information on carjacking and other felony offenses along with what to do if you are accused of a felony or federal crime. You could be looking at years behind bars along with hefty financial penalties, so it is very important to work with someone who can help you defend yourself and protect your interests.