Hijacking Defense

The crime of hijacking involves unlawfully seizing a vehicle. The term can apply to ships, personal vehicles, trucks and trains. In the popular mind, however, hijacking refers to seizing an aircraft and forcing the pilot to fly to the hijacker's destination. In some instances, such as the 9/11 hijackings of multiple planes, the hijacker flies the plane.

Information About Hijacking

Also known as skyjacking or air piracy, hijacking an airliner or commercial plane is a federal crime. Carjacking, more formally known as aggravated vehicular hijacking, is the theft of a motor vehicle by taking control from another driver. It is a New Jersey state offense as well as a federal crime. Whatever the circumstances and level of the criminal charges, having an experienced defense attorney is critical if you were charged with any type of hijacking offense. You could be facing significant consequences that include a lengthy or lifelong prison term as well as fines, significant parole and the stigma associated with this type of crime.

Certified Criminal Defense Lawyer

At The Law Offices of David T. Schlendorf, our attorney defends clients against state and federal criminal charges, including those involving serious felonies such as hijacking. As a former prosecutor, veteran defense lawyer and an attorney certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a criminal trial lawyer, he has the knowledge, experience and willingness to handle challenging legal matters. Contact him today if you have been charged or believe you may be charged with hijacking.

The Government Takes Hijacking Very Seriously, and so Should You

Hijacking is often associated with terrorism. Because of the seriousness with which the government treats such matters, it is important that you consult with a seasoned defense attorney before you make any statements to local, state or federal law enforcement. You may wish to appear cooperative, but you could also be implicating yourself unnecessarily. Our attorney can advise you and ensure that your rights are protected throughout the legal process.

You may be facing other charges in addition to hijacking or carjacking, including robbery, assault, weapons charges and kidnapping charges. The combination of charges such as these with a hijacking charge both complicates your legal situation and makes the possibility of a positive outcome less likely.

A Serious Charge That Requires a Serious Defense

Take steps to protect yourself. Contact a Toms River, New Jersey, attorney at The Law Offices of David T. Schlendorf as soon as possible if you believe that you may be charged with hijacking. The firm defends clients against such charges across the United States and throughout New Jersey, including places such as Lakewood, Freehold, Long Branch, Manalapan, Atlantic City and New Brunswick.