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Los Angeles Kidnapping Attorney

Overview of Kidnapping Charges

In California, Kidnapping is a serious felony offense that requires a experienced criminal defense attorney to defend you.

Kidnapping (California Penal Code § 207) is a felony offense. Generally speaking, to be convicted of kidnapping, the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that (1) you used force or fear to move someone, (2) the movement occurred without the other person’s consent, and (3) the movement was of a substantial distance. If convicted, you can be sentenced to three, five or eight years in prison. If the victim was under 14 years old, you can be sentenced to five, eight, or eleven years in prison.

In addition to these basic charges, there are more specific versions of kidnapping. These include kidnapping for ransom (Penal Code § 209(a)), kidnapping to commit robbery, rape, spousal rape, oral copulation or sodomy (Penal Code § 209(b)(1), and kidnapping during a carjacking (Penal Code § 209.5).

Under California’s Three Strikes Law, Kidnapping is considered a strike.

Contact a Skilled Kidnapping Defense Lawyer

The penalties for kidnapping are severe and may be considered a federal crime. Your defense attorney needs to have experience in both State and Federal courts to have the best chance at a positive outcome to your case. At Eisner Gorin LLP, we have a track record of success defending our clients who were facing any type of violent crime offense.

If you or a member of your family have been charged with a kidnapping Los Angeles County, San Fernando Valley, Riverside County, San Bernardino County, or Orange County, it is critical that you seek the legal services of a criminal lawyer with extensive experience in violent crime cases.

There are two main defenses that a skilled lawyer can use to defend you against kidnapping. One is “consent” and the other is “lack of intent”. If your attorney can prove that the alleged victim gave consent, then you should not be charged with kidnapping. Our defense lawyers understand the serious nature of this criminal offense, how to build an effective defense strategy, and how to resolve your case without jail time. To discuss your case with one of our lawyers, you can call our office to discuss the details of your case and learn how we will aggressively defend you.