What is Kidnapping?
Kidnapping occurs when someone moves another person without their consent by using restraint, force, violence, or threat of violence. In order to be guilty the following elements have to be true:
- You moved that person a substantial distance
- You did so without that person’s consent
- You used force, fear, or fraud to move this person
A kidnapping charge increases to aggravated kidnapping when fraud is used to move a person and one of the following circumstances are true:
- The person kidnapped is a child under the age of 14
- The victim is held for ransom
- The victim suffers bodily harm or death
- Another person is kidnapped during a carjacking
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Penalties for Kidnapping
Kidnapping is a serious offense and holds harsh penalties. If it is a simple kidnapping (not aggravated) then the penalties include:
- Incarceration time
- A maximum fine of $10,000
Penalties for aggravated kidnapping are more severe and include:
- Enhanced incarceration time if the victim was under the age of 14 at the time of the kidnapping
- Life in prison with the possibility of parole if the person kidnapped for ransom, a reward, extortion, robbery, certain sex crimes, carjacking.
If the victim is killed or suffers bodily harm, or is placed in a situation where death is likely to occur, you could face life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Kidnapping is a serious and violent felony so it also counts as a strike against you under California’s Three Strikes Law.
Have you been legally accused of committing kidnapping? If you have been arrested or charged with a crime, it is essential to obtain legal council for help. It’s important to take your charges seriously. Don’t just hope for the best. Hire an attorney who understands your situation and the consequences you face.
Your Defense Attorney for Kidnapping Charges
I’m Mark A. Broughton and I’m here to fight for you. I have been a defense Attorney for 40+ years and have represented thousands of people accused of crimes. I have extensive experience representing citizens charged with Felonies, Sex Crimes, Rape, Kidnapping, Prostitution/Solicitation, and Juvenile Crimes to name a few.
About Mark Broughton:
Compassionate, highly experienced, exceptional reputation, ethical and honest:
Mark Broughton has been practicing law for over 40 years. He estimates that he has conducted over 200 jury trials – everything from DUIs, drug cases, sex cases, domestic violence, assaults, “three-strikes,” dozens of cases involving criminal street gangs, gun/deadly weapons, drive-by shootings, robberies, attempted murders, and murders, including special circumstance murder cases.
He has received many outright Not Guilty verdicts for his clients in all of these types of cases, including several murder cases – at one time between 2005-2007, the jury found his clients Not Guilty in four separate cases in a row.
Mark Broughton is qualified as a death penalty lawyer and is on the special circumstances/death penalty panel of attorneys in Fresno, California, where he is regularly appointed to special circumstances/death penalty murder cases by the Fresno County Superior Court.
- Certified Specialist Criminal Law, State Bar of California
- Board of Trustees, State Bar of California
- Chairman, Fresno County Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
Mark Broughton enjoys close relationships with his clients. He sees every individual’s situation with compassion and empathy and believes that every person has the right to a fair trial and is innocent until proven guilty.
Above all, he enjoys helping reunite his clients and their families during and after dealing with perhaps the most difficult time in their lives, going through the challenging criminal process with them.