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.