Defending PA clients against kidnapping charges
A kidnapping charge is a very serious matter in the state of Pennsylvania. A kidnapping conviction could subject a person to overwhelming jail time. The worst consequence of this charge is decades of incarceration. It is imperative that if you or someone you know is arrested for kidnapping, the accused retains strong criminal defense immediately. That person’s life depends on it. We are here to serve. For over 25 years, The Conner Law Group has provided comprehensive criminal defense strategies for clients facing all legal matters. Our firm will assess the case and explore all defenses to fight these overwhelming consequences. If you need quality legal support from a firm that will tenaciously fight for your future, contact The Conner Law Group.
What is kidnapping?
The state of Pennsylvania defines kidnapping as the removal of a person a significant distance from where they are found or confined for a period of isolation with the intent to either:
- Hold a person for ransom
- Carry out a felony or flight
- Inflict bodily harm or terrorize the victim
- To interfere with the actions of public officials
What is the kidnapping of a minor?
The state of Pennsylvania defines kidnapping of a minor as the removal of a person a significant distance from where they are found or the confinement of a person for a long period of time who is under the age of 18 with the intent to hold a person for a reward, carry out a criminal act or flee, inflict bodily harm or terrorize, or interfere with the actions of a public official.
Both kidnapping charges constitute a felony in the first degree if the act was accomplished by force, threat, or deception, with some exceptions. A kidnapping charge may be issued if an incapacitated adult is taken without the consent of a guardian. Also, a kidnapping of a minor charge can be issued to a person that takes a child under the age of 14 without the consent of a guardian. For both charges, a person can be subject to a serious amount of jail time.
Other kidnapping charges
There are many other crimes that fall under the term. For these smaller offenses, a guilty party is still facing jail time and a devastating criminal record. Below are some of those crimes:
- Unlawful restraint
- False imprisonment
- Interference with custody of children
- Interference with custody of committed persons
- Criminal coercion
- Disposition of ransom
- Missing children
- Concealment of whereabouts of a child
- Luring a child into a motor vehicle or structure
These charges range from a misdemeanor to a felony in the second degree, leaving a person with the possibility of jail time and a burdensome criminal record.
Contact the strong criminal defense you need
Being charged with kidnapping is a very serious matter. With overwhelming amounts of jail time and a life burdened by a criminal record, it is critical to retain the right attorney. The right attorney will fully understand the facts at hand, explore all legal means to fight the charges, and zealously represent their clients in court. If you or a loved one have been arrested for kidnapping or the kidnapping of a minor, contact The Conner Law Group.