WHAT SHOULD YOUR STRATEGY BE IF YOU OR A LOVED ONE HAS A KIDNAPPING CASE IN ONE OF THE LOS ANGELES COURTHOUSES?
As you might guess, kidnapping is one of the most serious charges a person can be charged with and in some circumstances carries a punishment of life in prison. Therefore, your first move should be to hire the best attorney you can find to represent you or your loved one. I would say that most of the time I get on these case, the person should not be charged with kidnapping and the prosecutors have over filed the case and the true policy behind kidnapping is not applicable in the person’s case. This is where we either have to litigate the case and show a judge or jury that the wrong charge is filed, or negotiate the case and point out some of the issues with the charge and get a more appropriate charge to be considered by the prosecutors.
When I meet with clients and their families, I have a goal in mind of getting all of the facts related to the case out on the table and beginning the process of developing a plan right from the start to properly defend the person and make sure they do not end up with life in prison. Having litigated these cases for the past 25 years, I know what a case is worth and I know when the case can be fought and won in a jury trial. I also know when the best strategy is to negotiate and resolve the case. Once all of the cards are on the table and we have a clear understanding of why the person is charged and what facts might be available to us to turn the tide in their favor, this is when we begin to investigate the case and gather the necessary evidence to show the other side of the story and establish what the case is really worth.
When a client comes to meet with me, everything is confidential regardless of whether they hire me or not. Many people do not feel comfortable meeting with attorneys and to a degree I do not blame them. However, a good seasoned criminal defense attorney can put you at ease, once you understand what you are up against and what you can do to help yourself. Once things are put in perspective, most people realize that all is not lost and there are things you can do to defend your interests and end up with a resolution that is fair and takes into account all of the facts associated with your case.