The severity of the charges one is facing determines the types of penalties that may come with a guilty plea or conviction. For example, federal charges are typically more serious than state-level misdemeanor charges, and they carry the potential for lengthy prison sentences and other penalties that can affect the direction of a person’s life. A Texas man is facing federal criminal charges after an apparent carjacking at Texas Tech.
Details of a carjacking
The defendant was accused of an attempted carjacking with the use of a knife. After an indictment by a federal grand jury, he is officially facing charges that could result in up to 15 years in prison. His arrest and subsequent charges happened after an investigation into a carjacking event that took place on the campus of Texas Tech University. Police were alerted to the incident after the victim called law enforcement following the attempted theft of his vehicle.
The apparent victim states that he was sitting in his vehicle when a man with whom he was not familiar approached his vehicle. After knocking on the window, the man then allegedly opened the car door and threatened the driver. The driver said the accused man had a knife, and he told him to exit the vehicle and give him the keys. Texas police located the vehicle approximately two hours later.
Defending against federal charges
Federal charges can bring significant penalties. At this point, the man facing carjacking charges would be wise to take whatever steps are necessary to protect his interests and defend his future. With the right defense strategy, it is possible to effectively confront the prosecution’s case and potentially mitigate some of the penalties one is facing.