Long Beach Kidnapping Lawyer
Aggressive Defense Against Kidnapping Charges in California
Kidnapping is considered a very serious criminal offense and is penalized as such in the state of California. At the Law Office of Peacock & Le Beau, we know that facing these charges can be a harrowing and complex ordeal. If you or a loved one is dealing with such allegations, you need an experienced and dedicated legal team. Our Long Beach kidnapping attorneys are here to offer skilled guidance and aggressive representation to help you navigate the process and protect your rights.
Call the Law Office of Peacock & Le Beau today at (562) 888-9148 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with our kidnapping attorney in Long Beach.
What is Kidnapping?
Kidnapping involves the unlawful abduction, restraint, or confinement of another person against their will. Under California Penal Code 207, kidnapping is defined as the intentional and unlawful movement of another individual using force, fear, or fraud, with the intent to hold them against their will. Kidnapping can occur in various circumstances, from domestic disputes and child custody battles to more sinister criminal acts. The severity of the charge may range from simple kidnapping to aggravated kidnapping, depending on the specific details of the case.
What are the Penalties for Kidnapping in California?
The penalties for kidnapping in California are severe and can vary depending on the specific circumstances and degree of the crime. Here is a breakdown of the potential consequences you may face if convicted of kidnapping:
- Simple Kidnapping (Penal Code 207): Simple kidnapping is a felony in California. If convicted, you may face a state prison sentence ranging from three to eight years. Additionally, you may be ordered to pay substantial fines.
- Aggravated Kidnapping (Penal Code 209): Aggravated kidnapping is an even more serious offense, typically involving the use of force or dangerous weapons. Conviction of this crime can result in a life sentence in state prison without the possibility of parole. If the victim is a minor, the penalties can be even more severe.
- Kidnapping During a Carjacking (Penal Code 209.5): If a kidnapping occurs during the commission of a carjacking, the defendant may face life imprisonment without parole. This is a particularly grave offense and can have dire consequences.
Defenses Against Kidnapping Charges
Some common defenses against kidnapping charges may include:
- Lack of Intent: If it can be demonstrated that the alleged abduction was accidental or lacked the intent to hold the victim against their will, this could be a viable defense.
- Consent: If the victim willingly participated in the movement or confinement, it may be possible to argue that the act was not kidnapping.
- Mistaken Identity: In some cases, witnesses may misidentify the defendant as the perpetrator, leading to false allegations.
- Alibi: Providing evidence that proves you were not at the scene of the alleged kidnapping can be a compelling defense.
- Duress or Necessity: If the defendant was compelled to commit the act due to an imminent threat or immediate danger, this could be a valid defense.
- Unlawful Search and Seizure: If evidence was obtained illegally or violated your constitutional rights, it may be possible to suppress it, weakening the prosecution's case.
Contact Our Kidnapping Attorney in Long Beach Today
If you are facing kidnapping charges, the Law Office of Peacock & Le Beau is here to help. Our Long Beach kidnapping lawyers understand the gravity of your situation and will work diligently to protect your rights and provide unwavering legal support. We will assess the facts of your case, discuss your options, and outline a tailored defense strategy to achieve the best possible outcome. Your future is at stake, and we are dedicated to fighting for your rights and freedom.
Contact the Law Office of Peacock & Le Beau today to get started with our Long Beach kidnapping lawyer.
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