Car Jacking Law and Legal Definition

Car jacking is a crime of taking a vehicle by force, violation or intimidation. It is the forceful thieving of a car from its owners. Usually car jacking is an offense committed on chance and not by premeditation. All fifty states and the federal government have made laws against car jacking. Car jacking mostly results in harming the owners because the carjackers use arms while committing the crime. The federal government passed an armed carjacking law in 1992. Death that results from a carjacking is a considered a capital crime under federal law.