In the state of California, kidnapping is consider a very serious charge. Kidnapping is defined under the California Penal Code §207 as the use of force, deception, or fear to move a person over a substantial distance. Because kidnapping is a felony, the penalties for it are severe. When combined with an accusation of domestic violence, a kidnapping charge can bring about harsh penalties due to how aggressive prosecutors get during any domestic violence case. The law on domestic violence is very complex and will require the accused to contact a San Francisco domestic violence attorney as soon as possible.
Forcing an ex-girlfriend or spouse into a vehicle to “talk over” disagreements constitutes kidnapping. Taking a child from another custodial parent can also mean that you could face charges of kidnapping and potentially include charges of child abuse. The severity of charges may increase if the “kidnapped” individual is injured – no matter how severe or if by accident.
Listed are the possible penalties for kidnapping:
When combating charges of kidnapping, it is of dire importance that you obtain experienced domestic violence counsel as this is your only hope in avoiding conviction.
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Okabe & Haushalter’s nationally recognized team of quality legal counsel provides aggressive and insightful representation to our clients who face kidnapping charges throughout Los Angeles. In a case concerning domestic violence, law enforcement agents will make and arrest and the alleged victim has no option of preventing a prosecution from proceeding. It is crucial that the accused provide no explanation and remain silent until they have spoken with legal counsel. As former prosecutors, domestic violence lawyers at Okabe & Haushalter understand the severity of your case and will be committed to protecting your rights and take immediate, necessary action to ensure a favorable outcome for you. If you have been charged with kidnapping, contact our firm today for a consultation and to determine how we can assist you.
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