California defines kidnapping as moving a person from one place to another, by using force or instilling fear. (Penal Code 207) The District Attorney can charge a person with kidnapping even when the victim is not alleging that physical force was used. Kidnapping is charged as a felony. A charge of kidnapping is often accompanied by other criminal charges, such as armed robbery, extortion, and sex offenses. For this reason, kidnapping carries a heavy sentence. It’s important to hire skilled criminal defense counsel who is experienced in pretrial motions, the rules of evidence, plea negotiations, felony sentencing issues, and trial.
If you or someone you love has been charged with kidnapping in the San Francisco Bay Area, please contact Alanna D. Coopersmith at (510) 628-0596 for a free initial consultation.