driving and using radioThis is the next post in my series on the handling of Class “X” felony charges in Peoria, Illinois. My last article discussed defending against home invasion charges. Defendants must be aware that Illinois considers home invasion to be a more serious offense than traditional burglary. Also, a defendant will typically face numerous other counts in addition to a home invasion charge. Retaining an attorney to protect one’s interests is vital. In this article I will discuss dealing with charges of aggravated vehicular carjacking. If you are in need of assistance then contact my office today to speak with a criminal defense lawyer.

Illinois aggravated carjacking charges can result in six to thirty years in prison

Illinois defines “carjacking” as using force or the threat of force to take another’s vehicle. The offense becomes “aggravated carjacking,” however, if a deadly weapon is used during the commission of the offense. Illinois charges aggravated carjacking as a Class “X” felony. A defendant can receive a sentence of six to thirty years in prison as a result. Also, as with other types of charges, a defendant may face additional counts. An example of this can include someone, who is already a felon, using a gun to commit a carjacking. Such an individual will face charges for aggravated vehicular carjacking. They will also face charges for being a felon in possession of a firearm. If a defendant is convicted on all counts then they may have to serve time for one count before time begins to be counted towards the second.

As with other Class “X” felonies, an individual who is convicted of aggravated vehicular carjacking will not be eligible for probation. This means that they will have to serve the minimum sentence imposed by the Court. Also, unless they receive parole, they will be required to serve the maximum sentence imposed. Even after a defendant is released they will then have a violent felony on their record. This means that they will be disqualified from many professional licenses, will have difficulty with housing and job applications, and will be forever barred from possessing a firearm under federal law. For obvious reasons, the consequences for such an offense can be extreme.

Contact a Peoria defense lawyer if you have been charged with a crime

Cases involving carjacking can sometimes involve a mistaken identity. They may also involve eyewitness identifications which can be excluded from Court due to the way in which law enforcement gained them. Additional defenses may be available to a defendant. Even if such defenses are not available then counsel will work to gain you the best possible resolution. I am a Peoria criminal defense lawyer and a former prosecutor. I am familiar with the workings of our court systems and I dedicate my practice to defending the rights of the accused. If you or a family member have been arrested then contact my office today to schedule an initial consultation. I look forward to speaking with you.

I also service the cities of Bloomington, Eureka, Galesburg, Morton, Normal, Pekin, Springfield, and Washington. I serve the counties of Fulton, Knox, LaSalle, Marshall, Mason, McLean, Putnam, Rock Island, Schuyler, Stark, Tazewell, and Woodford. I also handle federal cases in Urbana.