Kidnapping Defense Lawyer in Rancho Cucamonga
Facts Concerning Kidnapping Offenses
The California Penal Codes regarding kidnapping are lengthy and can be complex. There are many forms and definitions of kidnapping and the charges you are facing may not be fully clear to you.
In our firm, Chung & Ignacio, LLP we would like you to understand the crime you are accused of as the first step to getting the charges resolved. Kidnapping is considered a violent crime and is a felony offense. Our best advice, therefore, is to immediately retain a Rancho Cucamonga criminal defense attorney who can aggressively pursue your defense.
Kidnapping is generally defined as forcibly taking, holding, stealing or detaining another, utilizing a threat of harm. The key part of a kidnapping charge is that the person who is kidnapped is moved against their will. This can include kidnapping with the intention to hold a person for ransom, reward or any form of extortion. It can also be an instance of carjacking in which a person is taken forcibly and against their will. Any person who kidnaps another for purposes of sexual assault, rape, any sex crime or robbery will be charged with kidnapping as well as other charges.
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Kidnapping can result in a prison sentence of up to 8 years in a state institution. If the kidnapping was of a child under 14 years of age, the sentence can go up to 11 years in state prison.
Depending on the circumstances of the incident, some kidnapping charges can result in a life sentence with or without the possibility of parole. Other punishments can include lifetime registration as a sex offender, victim restitution, loss of your driver's license for life and stiff fines.
What is at stake is your freedom and your life as you currently live it. Sometimes, it can be proven that the person charged with kidnapping felt they had the consent of the other person. If the key element of movement of the person cannot be proven, a lesser charge can sometimes be negotiated. We pride ourselves on inventive and aggressive legal strategies designed to obtain the best possible outcome for our clients.
Contact a kidnapping defense lawyer in Rancho Cucamonga for a strong legal defense against kidnapping charges.