Many kidnapping cases are really misunderstandings. For instance, a non-custodial parent will take their child for the weekend. They’re bringing their child back to the custodial parent for the car to suddenly break down or they are stuck in traffic for hours due to an auto accident that has traffic at a standstill.
If too much time passes, the custodial parent becomes worried and believes that their child has been kidnapped by the non-custodial parent. So what do they do? They call the police and say that the non-custodial parent has disappeared with their child. Police do take these cases seriously and it usually results in a false accusation that requires the non-custodial parent to defend themselves if they do not bring the child home before the police find them.
When the prosecution receives the case, they will do anything and everything to charge the maximum penalties and will probably show no leniency at all. That is why you need a competent Arizona kidnapping attorney to help you in your case. Your attorney can be the difference between a good outcome and a bad outcome. When you have an aggressive attorney by your side, you can have a professional looking at every angle in your case, finding the information and the evidence that is needed to prove what really happened. If you’ve been accused of kidnapping in Phoenix, Mesa, Glendale, Scottsdale or the surrounding area it is important to give Myles A. Schneider & Associates a call before talking to the police.
Arizona state statute 13-1304 states that kidnapping occurs when an individual is restrained by another person who is knowingly committing the act, especially with the intent to do one of the following:
1. Hold the victim for ransom, as a hostage, or as a shield
2. Hold the victim for the purpose of involuntary servitude
3. To kill, physically injury, or sexually assault the victim, or to use them in the commission of a felony
4. To place the victim or another person in a state of reasonable apprehension or to cause physical injury to the individuals involved
5. Interfere with the performance of a political or government function
6. Seize or obtain control over a train, bus, airplane, ship, or any other type of vehicle.
Kidnapping is a felony offense in Arizona and this felony conviction can result in a change of life. A person with a felony on their record is unable to find a job with any kind of above average earning potential, unable to find a place to rent if a background check is performed, and there is always a stigma surrounding that person.
Defending Kidnapping Charges
A Phoenix kidnapping lawyer can use a number of methods and strategies to defend against the charges. The goal is acquittal or total dismissal of the case. If there is any merit to the charges, the goal is to keep the client from facing the harshest ramifications of the kidnapping charge. This means performing the necessary investigations, interrogations, and calling in expert witnesses to provide the necessary insight. In addition, it is a must to have an attorney who is proficient in a trial environment so the most favorable outcome can be reached in the case.
Contact An Arizona Kidnapping Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been charged with kidnapping and are in need of experienced and aggressive representation, let us help. Call us as soon as possible at 602-926-7373 or fill out the contact form to schedule a free consultation and learn about the many options available for a solid defense.
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