Tampa Aircraft Piracy Attorneys
Experienced Criminal Law Lawyers Since 1997
If you have been charged with aircraft piracy, it is critical that you contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Tampa before speaking with law enforcement. Aircraft piracy, also called aircraft hijacking or skyjacking, is a serious felony in Florida, as well as at the federal level. You may be facing decades behind bars for something which you did not do, something you did not intend to do or something for which you should not be held responsible. If you are looking for a criminal law attorney in Tampa Bay, contact the highly rated aircraft piracy attorneys at All Family Law Group, P.A. for immediate legal help today. We offer a free consultation to discuss the charges against you and the options available to you.
Florida Penalties for Aircraft Piracy
In Florida, prosecutors and courts treat aircraft piracy very seriously. Florida statute 860.16 states that aircraft piracy is the unlawful seizure or control of an aircraft containing at least one nonconsenting person “by force or violence and with wrongful intent.” Aircraft piracy is a first degree felony in Florida and is punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000. If a death occurs as a result of the hijacking, then it becomes a capital felony which is punishable by death or life imprisonment. See Florida Statutes Chapter 775.082 for more detailed information about the sentencing penalty guidelines depending on the offense that is charged.
Federal Penalties for Aircraft Piracy
Aircraft piracy can also be tried in federal court, which means that you will be up against the full backing of the federal government. Federal prosecutors will seek the harshest punishment possible and will have virtually unlimited resources and clout at their disposal. For this reason, you need a law firm capable of mounting a worthy defense strategy. The definition of federal aircraft piracy as per 49 U.S. Code § 46502 is “the seizing or exercising control of an aircraft in the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States by force, violence, threat of force or violence, or any form of intimidation, and with wrongful intent.” The minimum prison sentence for this crime is 20 years in prison. And, if another person dies because of the defendant’s acts, the punishment shall be life in prison or the death penalty. Furthermore, attempting to commit this offense or even conspiring to commit aircraft piracy faces the same 20-year minimum prison sentence.
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Whether you are under investigation for hijacking or have been arrested already for that offense, you are facing serious prison time and virtually endless amounts of monetary fines. Your entire future is in jeopardy. To protect your rights and ensure that you have the best chance of beating these allegations or having the charges drastically reduced, it is in your best interest to work with a law firm that has experience in aircraft piracy. Do not hesitate to contact All Family Law Group, P.A. to schedule a free consultation with one of our Tampa aircraft piracy attorneys. Call 813-672-1900 during regular business hours to speak with one of our experienced criminal law attorneys. Or if there is an emergency and you need to call after hours, weekends and holidays please call telephone number: (813) 551-3903.