Flagstaff Kidnapping Attorney
Aggressive Defense For Kidnapping Charges in Arizona
Being accused of kidnapping is a serious matter. If you are convicted, you could face years in prison, fines, and a permanent criminal record. At The Zickerman Law Office, PLLC, our Flagstaff kidnapping lawyers are prepared to fight for you. We will work to protect your rights and your future.
Call The Zickerman Law Office, PLLC today at (928) 323-0910 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with our kidnapping lawyer in Flagstaff.
What is Kidnapping?
Kidnapping is a grave offense that involves the intentional abduction or confinement of another person against their will. In Arizona, kidnapping is addressed under A.R.S. § 13-1304, and it encompasses a range of actions, from forcibly moving someone to a different location to using threats or intimidation to control their movements. It is essential to understand that kidnapping charges can arise in various circumstances, and the severity of the offense depends on factors such as the relationship between the parties involved, the use of weapons, and the duration of the abduction.
What are the Penalties for Kidnapping in Arizona?
In Arizona, the penalties for kidnapping are severe, reflecting the state's commitment to ensuring public safety and protecting individuals from harm. The severity of the punishment depends on the specific details of the offense:
- Class 2 Felony: Kidnapping without any aggravating factors is classified as a Class 2 felony, which can result in substantial prison sentences. If the victim is released unharmed, the minimum sentence is ten years, while a sentence of up to 20 years is possible. However, if there are aggravating factors, such as the use of a deadly weapon, the minimum sentence can increase significantly.
- Class 4 Felony: Kidnapping a minor under the age of 15, not for ransom or sexual exploitation, is considered a Class 4 felony. This offense carries its own set of penalties, with potential imprisonment ranging from 1 to 3 years.
Defenses Against Kidnapping Charges
Some common defenses against kidnapping charges may include:
- Lack of Intent: Kidnapping charges hinge on the intent to unlawfully restrain or move another person. If there is insufficient evidence to establish intent, it can be a crucial element in your defense.
- False Accusations: In some cases, individuals may be wrongly accused of kidnapping due to misunderstandings or ulterior motives. We can diligently investigate the facts to expose any false accusations.
- Consent: If the alleged victim willingly participated in the movements or actions in question, it can be a valid defense against kidnapping charges.
- Mistaken Identity: Identifying the wrong person as the perpetrator is common in criminal cases. We can thoroughly examine witness statements and other evidence to challenge mistaken identity claims.
- Procedural Violations: Law enforcement must follow proper procedures when making an arrest and gathering evidence. Any procedural violations can be grounds for suppressing evidence and strengthening your defense.
Contact Our Kidnapping Lawyer in Flagstaff Today
Our Flagstaff kidnapping attorney at The Zickerman Law Office, PLLC, is ready to provide the aggressive and strategic defense you need. Your future is too important to leave to chance, and our dedicated legal team is here to fight for you.
Contact The Zickerman Law Office, PLLC, today to get started with our Flagstaff kidnapping attorney.
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