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What is the crime of kidnapping?


The crime of kidnapping occurs when a person is taken against his or her will to another location. When kidnapping is related to a family violence issue, a child is taken, coerced, or lured away from the custodial parent or guardian, commonly by the other parent. In some cases, threats, intimidation or force is used to kidnap the victim, and they are then held by force or by threats of violence.


The court in this state looks upon kidnapping of a family member in exactly the same light as kidnapping someone that is not known to the kidnapper. Violating a court custody order creates very serious consequences for the kidnapper.


State law says that kidnapping occurs when intentional restraint is used on another, with the intent of:


  • Holding the victim for involuntary servitude
  • Holding the victim for ransom, or as a hostage or shield
  • Inflicting death, physical injury, or committing a sexual offense
  • Seizing or exercising control over a vehicle, airplane, or ship


As a Scottsdale criminal defense lawyer, The Law Offices of Randolph D. Toscano, PLLC has over 25 years' experience representing clients on criminal kidnapping charges. As a former deputy county attorney, I understand how prosecutors think and what questions to ask them as part of your strong defense. I know that in kidnapping cases, when the true facts are obtained, they often prove that what really occurred is not how things appeared to be at first glance.


Kidnapping Penalties and Consequences


Kidnapping charges carry severe penalties. According to the laws of this state, kidnapping is a Class 2 felony. If a person is convicted of this crime he or she could go prison for up to 12.5 years. Also, that person may have to register as a sex offender, depending upon the crime committed. It is not uncommon for the prosecution to take a kidnapping case directly to trial, determined to obtain a prison sentence.


Having litigated over 100 jury trials, I can provide the aggressive defense you need to try to protect your rights, clear your name, and keep you out of prison. Contact a Scottsdale Kidnapping Lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your charges.

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