Kidnapping is one of the most serious crimes that can be charged in the state of California. Almost all kidnapping cases are brought as felony charges, meaning there will be extensive jail time and other punishments on the table if you are convicted. In order to successfully defend yourself against a kidnapping charge, you need to start working on your case right away. Call our firm today to discuss how Somera Law Group can work together with you in building a strong case for your defense.

There are several different categories that kidnapping cases can be placed into. While they are all very serious, the punishments vary somewhat between them based on the specifics of each case. Some of the major categories are as follows.

Simple Kidnapping

This charge is defined as ‘forcibly or by any other means of instilling fear, stealing or taking or holding, detaining or arresting any person and carrying the person into another county, state or country or into another part of the same county.’ This is a felony charge, and is punished by either 3, 5, or 8 years in prison.

Aggravated Kidnapping

The above definition still applies to aggravated kidnapping, with the addition of aggravating factors that elevate the charge. Things like kidnapping for ransom, kidnapping to commit a sex crime, or kidnapping to commit a robbery are all aggravated charges. This is also a felony, but can bring up to life in prison with the possibility of parole. In cases where the victim is severely harmed or killed, there is no possibility of parole.

Kidnapping during Carjacking

If, during a carjacking, the accused kidnaps a victim in the car, this charge can be brought. It is also a felony, and can be punished with up to life in prison if convicted.

A free consultation into your kidnapping case is waiting if you call our office today. With a charge this serious, you can’t afford to waste any time. Get in touch right away and we will get to work building your defense.