(720 ILCS 5/18-3) (from Ch. 38, par. 18-3) & (720 ILCS 5/18-4) (from Ch. 38, par. 18-4)

“A person commits vehicular hijacking when he or she knowingly takes a motor vehicle from the person or the immediate presence of another by the use of force or by threatening the imminent use of force.”


Vehicular Hijacking is a Class 1 felony and is punishable by 4 to 15 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. In some circumstances a Vehicular Hijacking is an Aggravated Vehicular Hijacking. A Vehicular Hijacking can be an Aggravated Vehicular Hijacking based on the status (disabled or elderly person) of the victim, there is a child in the victim’s car during the Hijacking and whether a firearm or other weapon is used. Aggravated Vehicular Hijacking is a Class X felony. A Class X felony is non-probationable and is punishable by 6 to 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Additionally, some Aggravated Vehicular Hijacking charges carry enhanced sentencing which can include sentencing up to, and including, life in prison. If you have been charged with a Vehicular Hijacking it is important to contact the attorneys at Gruszeczki & Smith immediately. When you hire the attorneys at Gruszeczki & Smith, you are hiring former prosecutors who are seasoned trial attorneys and are comfortable defending your rights before judges and juries. Your vehicular hijacking defense begins the moment you contact us.

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