California Penal Code 207-210 covers a variety of kidnapping charges and dictates what penalties you could be facing. If you have been charged with any form of kidnapping, we can help in your time of need. Popular belief shows us that many people think kidnapping only happens to children. However, the law dictates that kidnapping can happen to adults as well, and even in cases where a kidnapper does not know that they are committing a crime.
Let’s take a look at an example: You and your girlfriend get into a fight and she doesn’t seem to be calming down. When you’re halfway to driving her home, she asks to get out of the vehicle, but it’s the middle of the night and you don’t want to drop her off “just anywhere.” Because of this, you keep driving and drop her off at her home. The next day, you find out kidnapping charges have been filed against you.
Facing Serious Penalties
If you have been charged with kidnapping, you could be facing serious penalties. A charge could lead to a couple of years in prison or life in prison depending on the severity of the incident. Of course, standard kidnapping will usually receive less time than an aggravated kidnapping offense. Are there any defenses you will be able to use?
Under California law, you could use a few defenses in your California kidnapping charge. For one, under United States v. Sellers, you could always use consent as a defense to kidnapping. Perhaps your loved one or an acquaintance consented to getting into a car with you, but then later changed their mind. This could be a valid defense, given the circumstances. You could also use the defense that you are a relative of the victim and you were temporarily put in charge of the child or adult.
No matter what your charges, we will stand by your side and help you get the best results in your case. Call the Law Office of Peter Blair for more info.