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What is Carjacking in California

What is Carjacking in California? (Penal Code 215)

Penal Code Section 215 defines Carjacking as the forcible taking of a motor vehicle from another person. The crime is more serious than theft because it requires the taking of the car using violence, force, or fear.  It is more than a theft and more than Grand Theft Auto because it has the element of force or threat included.  It is a type of robbery which the California Legislature considers inherently highly dangerous.  

Carjacking is punishable by imprisonment in the state prison for a term of three, five, or nine years. The use of a deadly weapon to accomplish the carjacking can increase to a state prison term of to 12 years. If the crime leads to great bodily injury to the victim, the high term goes to 15 years.