Los Angeles Kidnapping Lawyer

If you or a loved one have been charged with kidnapping in Los Angeles or elsewhere in California, you should immediately contact a Los Angeles Kidnapping Lawyer from The H Law Group to represent you and defend you throughout the criminal process. Kidnapping is Los Angeles, California is a serious offense and we have handled countless kidnapping cases, so we know exactly how to handle your case and defend you from overzealous prosecutors seeking to send you to jail.

You should not take kidnapping charges under California Penal Code (CPC) Section 207 lightly, if convicted you face three (3), five (5), or eight (8) years in California State Prison. So, if you’ve been charged with kidnapping, you should immediately contact a Los Angeles kidnapping attorney to defend you and either have the charges against you dismissed or negotiate a favorable plea deal for you. Schedule your free consultation today by contacting at (213) 370-0404.

What Constitutes Kidnapping in Los Angeles, California?

For the prosecution to convict an individual of kidnapping under California Penal Code Section 207 PC, it must prove the following elements beyond a reasonable doubt:

  • The defendant used force or fear – That is, the prosecution must show that the defendant used physical force or threatened his victim with violence if the victim did not comply with his requests.
  • To move a person – The distance the defendant moves the alleged victim must be substantial, meaning it must not be trivial, meaning the defendant moved his victim from one location to another. For example, if the defendant moves his kidnapping victim from her home to his home across the street, this satisfies the substantial distance requirement that’s required to convict the defendant of kidnapping.
  • A substantial distance – See reasoning above for substantial distance.

As previously mentioned, if the government convicts you of kidnapping, you face up to eight years in California State prison. In addition to sending you to prison for a very long time, the government can also order you to pay court fees, fines, and restitution to the kidnapping victims. After your release from prison, the court may place you on probation.

Also, if you injured the victim of your kidnapping, or the kidnapping victim was a child, the court has the discretion to impose a lengthier prison sentence. So, if you’ve been charged with kidnapping, you should immediately contact a kidnapping lawyer in Los Angeles to defend you. The kidnapping attorneys at The H Law Group have been representing clients for over a decade, so they have the knowledge and experience to achieve the best possible outcome for you.

That said, you should also take into consideration that if you’re convicted of kidnapping in Los Angeles, California, your conviction counts as a strike under California’s Three Strikes Law. Having a strike on your record is dangerous because if you’re charged with and convicted of a second crime later on,  the punishment for the subsequent crime is enhanced, meaning it is punished much more harshly and you’ll be spending double the amount of time in prison or in jail.

So, if you’ve been charged with kidnapping in Los Angeles County, Orange County, San Bernardino County, Riverside County, Santa Clara County, or San Diego County, you should immediately call a kidnapping lawyer to defend you and fight for your freedom.

Penalties for Kidnapping in Los Angeles, CA

In Los Angeles or elsewhere in California, if an individual is convicted of felony kidnapping, you face a prison sentence of three (3) to eight (8) years in California State Prison. Also, the court may order you to pay a fine of up to $10,000. If the victim of your kidnapping is under the age of 14, the prison sentence can be increased from a maximum of eight years in prison to eleven years in prison.

Defenses to Kidnapping Charges

  1. Consent – The best argument your attorney may be able to make for you is that you did not kidnap the victim because the victim consented to go with you.
  2. Lack of Intent to Kidnap – Also, your attorney may argue that he did not have the intent to kidnap you.
  3. Mistaken Identity – You were not involved in the kidnapping and the person alleging that you kidnapped have mistakenly identified you as the perpetrator of the kidnapping
  4. No substantial movement – Your attorney may argue that you did not commit the crime of kidnapping because you did not substantially move the victim. That is, you did not transport the victim.
  5. Lawful Custody – Your attorney may argue that you had legal custody over the child, as such you could not have kidnapped your own child

Los Angeles Kidnapping Attorney

If you’ve been charged with kidnapping in Los Angeles or anywhere else in the State of California, you should immediately call a Los Angels Kidnapping Defense Attorney at The H Law Group. Our kidnapping lawyers have the knowledge and experience to provide you with the best possible criminal defense. As such, if you’ve been kidnapped, schedule your free consultation today by filling out the contact form below or by calling us at 1 (213) 370-0404.

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