September 16, 2010 By Wallin & Klarich

It was reported on that a woman in Watsonville, California was dragged approximately 30 feet while attempting to stop a man from stealing her car outside a public library. Which is known as Car Jacking in California, PC 215.

Police say that the 40-year-old woman was taking her children to the library when a man, identified as 47-year-old Mark Anderson, tried to drive away with her car, which still had the woman’s keys and purse inside.

When the woman confronted Anderson, he drove off, dragging the woman through the library parking lot. Anderson then hit a parked car and a sign post before abandoning the vehicle.

Anderson was shortly apprehended by police and booked on carjacking charges among other crimes. The woman was treated at Watsonville Community Hospital for scrapes and bruises and is expected to make a full recovery.

Under California Penal Code Section 215, a carjacking occurs when a person uses force or fear to take a motor vehicle of another with the intent to permanently or temporarily deprive that person of the vehicle. Carjacking is a felony offense that is punishable by imprisonment in state prison for up to nine years. The penalties may be increased if a weapon is used in committing the offense.

A carjacking case is a very serious matter, which is why it is imperative that you contact an experienced carjacking defense attorney who can aggressively present your case and protect your rights. At Wallin & Klarich, our Southern California attorneys have been in practice for over 30 years and can provide you with highly effective legal representation. Call us today at 888-280-6839 or visit us online at We will be there for you when you call.

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