The crime of kidnapping describes the forcible abduction of another person and the holding of the person against his or her will. The common types of kidnapping are: aggravated kidnapping, child kidnapping, kidnapping for ransom, parental kidnapping and simple kidnapping.he crime of kidnapping in the state of California is a serious offense. If you have been charged with kidnapping you will want an experienced criminal defense attorney with the knowledge to effectively defend you against this charge.
If you are convicted of kidnapping under California Penal Code 207(a) you may face a prison sentence of 3, 5, or 8 years if the alleged victim is under the age of 14 then you could be facing up to 11 years in prison. If the alleged kidnapping was done in conjunction with a charge of rape or robbery then the punishment is elevated to 7 years to life.
In order for a person to be convicted of kidnapping the district attorney must prove the following:
1. Defendant unlawfully moved a person by use of force or by another means of instilling fear;
2. The defendant moved the victim without his or her consent
3. Defendant moved victim for a substantial distance, that is, a distance more than slight or trivial. (in some cases the movement need only be a matter of feet)
If you or the person you love has been charged with kidnapping, it is imperative that you hire an experienced criminal defense attorney who will fight to protect your rights. Call today, for a free consultation.