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What to Do if You’re Charged with Kidnapping

If you have been charged with Kidnapping, you’re going to require a skilled Phoenix Criminal Lawyer.

The most often seen defenses to a Kidnapping charge will be based on “Consent”, or “Lack of Intent”. These charges are normally brought up in domestic disputes where a family member or a child is taken by one parent in a vehicle, or they are not allowed to leave the house during an argument. This particular charge is probably “over-charged” by the Prosecutor more than any other serious felony in Arizona. It will be important to interview as many friends and family members as possible to demonstrate the on-going relationship between the parties.

For example, if parents are simply fighting within the household and a child or third person gets scared, this does not necessarily rise to the level of “placing a third person in reasonable apprehension of imminent physical injury to the victim”. It is very important to prevent the Prosecutor from turning a simple Domestic Violence situation (i.e., a misdemeanor) into the very serious felony of Kidnapping.

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