Kidnapping Attorney in Los Angeles
In California, kidnapping is a serious felony offense and requires a strong, aggressive, and confident defense lawyer.
A Los Angeles criminal defense attorney at our law firm has the experience in handling kidnapping cases and we have seen great results. We are knowledgeable in all laws, court procedures, and defenses to assert on our client’s behalf.
Simple Kidnapping vs. Aggravated Kidnapping
California Penal Code section 207, referred to as simple kidnapping, occurs when you move another person without his or her consent.
If you used force, threat, or fraud, the victim was under 14 years old, you hold the victim for ransom, the victim suffers bodily harm or death, or the kidnap occurs during a carjacking, then you will be charged with aggravated kidnapping which has harsher penalties than simple kidnapping.
- Child Stealing In Los Angeles – Penal Code Section 278
- Kidnapping For Ransom Or Extortion – California Penal Code Section 209
To be convicted, the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant took, detained, or held another person by using force/fear/fraud; that the defendant moved the person or made the person move a distance that is more than slight (whether the distance moved is sufficient is a matter to be considered by the jury); the person did not give consent to the movement; the defendant did not have a reasonable or actual belief that the person consented to the movement.
Defenses for Kidnapping
Some of the defenses that our lawyers may be able to assert on your behalf are: alleged victim may have consented to being moved; there was insufficient evidence; perhaps you were falsely accused. In any case, we are here to help you and to investigate your case looking for any applicable defenses we may assert or any ambiguities regarding the charges placed against you.
We understand the seriousness of this offense and we want to help. Contact a Los Angeles kidnapping defense lawyer at the Hedding Law Firm to work with a defense team who will aggressively fight for your legal rights.
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