Los Angeles Kidnapping Defense Attorney
WHAT CAN YOU DO IF YOU OR A LOVED ONE IS CHARGED WITH KIDNAPPING IN LOS ANGELES?
Kidnapping is one of the most serious charges listed in the California Penal Code. In some cases, depending on the circumstances, the person that is charged can be facing life imprisonment. This gives the prosecutors a lot of power to weld against the defendant. Therefore it is imparative that the defendant hire an attorney that is familiar with these type of cases and the courthouse in which the case is pending. Over the course of the past 25 years, I have seen prosecutors unreasonably charge a person with kidnapping when the case did not warrant this type of serious charge. When they over file these cases, there are very few attorneys, in my experience, that can take them on in the right manner in order to get rid of the kidnapping charged and fight for for the right result.
Because criminal law is the type of area that can produce crazy fact patterns, your attorney must be ready to make moves on your behalf that can save you years in prison. This takes a special type of person who is battled tested from years of litigating cases and has been down the road you are about to travel and come out the other end with a successful result for their clients. It is only through years of litigating cases that an attorney develops the knowledge and foresight to deal with serious kidnapping charges.
If you or a loved one has a kidnapping charge pending, I encourage you to come and sit down with me so we can begin the process of mapping out a strategy to best defend the case and end up with the right result. Once the case is litigated, there is usually no going back. In these type of cases, you only have one chance to do it right and make sure you never do it again!
WHAT DOES THE GOVERNMENT HAVE TO PROVE?
In order to find a defendant guilty of Kidnapping, the government must prove that…
1) The defendant used false promises and/or misrepresentation
2) convincing or lure a child under the of 14 to go somewhere
3) As a result, the child was moved a substantial distance AND
4) The defendant touched the child at some point.
What is important to note is unlike child abduction, which is identified as a crime against the parents, kidnapping is seen as a crime against the child. Thus, the touching of the child is an important element of the charge. While normally reserved for lewd or lascivious conduct, the touching can also be non-sexual in nature.