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Have You Been Accused of Kidnapping? At The Law Office of Paul Ford, we have a 35-year history of fighting for the rights that protect us all.

Jonesboro Kidnapping Defense Lawyer

Protect Your Rights with a Criminal Defense Attorney

The consequences of being charged with kidnapping, false imprisonment or any related offense could be very serious. Depending on the severity of the circumstances, you could be facing time in county jail or years in state or federal prison. Our Jonesboro criminal defense lawyers at The Law Office of Paul Ford can represent you with your Arizona state or federal kidnapping charges. Fortunately, there are many defenses to these charges, and we can help you identify and assert those defenses.

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Definition of Kidnapping in Arizona

Whether in the Jonesboro area or anywhere in Arizona, A.R.S §13-1304 defines kidnapping as when a person knowingly restrains another person with the intent to accomplish certain goals including: ransom, shield or hostage, slavery, or to inflict a sexual offense, death, or physical injury to them.

Kidnapping charges come in many forms:

  • Simple kidnapping - Any time you use force or fear to move another person a substantial distance without their consent, you can be charged with the felony crime of simple kidnapping
  • Aggravated kidnapping - If you make a ransom demand or inflict serious bodily harm or death on a victim in the course of a kidnapping, you can be charged with the more serious felony offense of aggravated kidnapping.
  • False imprisonment - Restraining, detaining, or confining another person without their consent is false imprisonment.
  • Child abduction - Child abduction is a specific type of kidnapping that involves deliberately keeping a child from someone with custody rights.

Penalties for Kidnapping in Arizona

Kidnapping is a class 2 felony and it carries a sentence of 4 to 10 years in prison, depending on factors such as serious injury, use of a dangerous weapon, or the age of the victim. If the person is released unharmed, it may be charged as a class 4 felony, which is less severe. If a victim is transported across state lines, it becomes a federal crime.

Get an Aggressive Defense Against Your Criminal Charges

At The Law Office of Paul Ford, our team can thoroughly research the background of the alleged victim and look at their criminal history, similar allegations, and/or incidents of mental illness to help build your case. We can also track down witnesses that law enforcement may have failed to question or excluded from their report because they had a version of events that worked in your favor. False identification may also be a possible defense. If you’ve been arrested for kidnapping, contact our Jonesboro criminal defense lawyers today. Kidnapping charges require skilled and aggressive attorneys who can get results and we are ready to be your advocate every step of the process.

Call (870) 853-3621 or contact us online to request a consultation today.

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