Simple kidnapping in this state is a felony offense. This means that if convicted, you face a lengthy prison sentence and costly fines. The moment you are arrested for felony kidnapping, it is vital that you speak to a skilled lawyer. We have more than 20 years of experience in handling cases involving individuals arrested for violent crimes. We know the system well and we know how to help you defend against kidnapping charges — call us now to get a free consultation.
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How to Fight Felony Kidnapping Charges
Your best bet at fighting kidnapping charges is with the help of an experienced and dedicated legal team on your side. Our firm has over two decades of experience in this area; criminal law is all we do. One of our attorneys will fight kidnapping charges for you and defend your rights. Hablamos Español.
One thing to realize about these charges, is that in addition to being a felony, kidnapping falls under California's "Three Strikes" law and, additionally, you must serve 85 percent of your sentence before you are eligible for release. We will consult with you on the specifics of your case and provide you with sound legal counsel.
Learn More About What Constitutes Kidnapping
Under California Penal Code section 207, kidnapping is holding, detaining or moving another person by use of force or fear. The most serious form of this charge is when it is done for ransom.
The criminal offense of kidnapping becomes aggravated and much more serious under the following circumstances:
- If you use force, fear or fraud upon a victim who is under the age of 14
- Demand ransom in exchange for the victim
- Cause physical harm to the victim
- Cause the victim to die
- Kidnap a person during the commission of a carjacking
Depending on the circumstances of your case, you could be in serious trouble. As experienced defense lawyers, we can stand by your side and assist you in building a solid defense. Depending on the unique circumstances of your situation, we may be able to challenge the prosecution's case by establishing that the victim gave consent to be moved or that the victim was not moved a substantial enough distance for the crime to be a kidnapping.
We will work with you to provide aggressive defense strategies from a respected law firm and fight for your case. Call us now to get a free consultation with one of our attorneys.
Penalties for Kidnapping
If convicted of kidnapping in this state, you face three, five or eight years in prison and must pay up to $10,000 in fines. However, if you are convicted of aggravated kidnapping, you could face life in prison with the possibility of parole.
If the victim is injured or dies, then the penalty is life in prison without the possibility of parole. If the victim is treated well and is not injured, then the penalty is life in prison with the possibility of parole (after at least seven years in prison).
If you are facing charges for holding someone hostage, the rest of your life may be determined by how well you allegedly treated your victim. We are prepared to build a strong defense for you, and will consider every available option to protect your freedom.
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We defend those charged with felony kidnapping in Ventura, Camarillo, or Oxnard. To schedule a free consultation, contact us by phone, or fill out our online form. Our office has flexible hours, ample parking and is located near public transportation. Hablamos Español.