California Penal Code 207 defines kidnapping as the use of force or fear to take a person and move them a substantial distance. The crime is a felony and, if convicted, can result in a prison sentence of up to 8 years in prison. If the victim was a child or the kidnapping was done in the commission of certain offenses, the sentence would be substantially higher. If the victim is injured, a child is involved, or if the kidnapping was done to facilitate the commission of another offense, then the sentence would be enhanced with additional penalties. This type of conviction is a “strike” under California Three Strikes Law, which will result in significant enhancements to any further sentencing if you are convicted of a crime in the future.
At KIA LAW FIRM, we have successfully handled these types of cases and have been able to have charges dismissed.