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The Right Way To Battle Kidnapping Charges
If you have been arrested for kidnapping in Phoenix or anywhere throughout Arizona, you are facing a very serious charge. It is critical that you have the assistance of a criminal defense lawyer who will do everything he can to ensure your rights are protected. Matthew Lopez is a well-respected criminal defense attorney who has handled countless criminal defense cases and has achieved very favorable results for his clients. Mr. Lopez takes the time to understand his clients’ cases, treats each client with respect and fights hard to provide his clients with the highest level of legal representation.
What Constitutes Kidnapping In Arizona?
To be charged with kidnapping, a person must knowingly restrain another person with the intent to:
- Hold the victim for ransom, as a shield or hostage
- Hold the victim for involuntary servitude (enslave)
- Inflict death, physical injury or a sexual offense on the victim, or to otherwise aid in the commission of a felony
- Place the victim or a third person in reasonable apprehension of imminent physical injury
A kidnapping charge is a very serious felony. A conviction of kidnapping will result in mandatory prison time. The severity of the charge all depends on whether the victim was released voluntarily by the defendant, without harm. The most important part of a kidnapping charge is whether the person being charged had the intent to commit the crime and whether they knowingly restrained the alleged victim. As an experienced defense lawyer, Matthew Lopez knows how to investigate cases and raise defenses to fight his clients’ kidnapping case to demonstrate that they did not have the intent to kidnap and that they did not know they were restraining another. Formulating effective defenses comes with experience and dedication — these are the key attributes to Mr. Lopez’s success as a Phoenix criminal defense attorney.