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Santa Rosa Kidnapping Attorney

Protect Your Rights with a Criminal Defense Lawyer

Under California’s Three Strikes Law, kidnapping is considered a strike, which ultimately means that a conviction could result in a life sentence if an individual has other past offenses. Kidnapping involves taking and holding another person by fear or force and moving them to another location. This could easily be a mistake in a child custody disagreement or other situation.

If you have been charged with kidnapping, get experienced representation from a Santa Rosa criminal defense attorney from my firm right away.

What constitutes kidnapping?

A qualified defense lawyer can aid you in navigating the California criminal justice system and inform you of your legal options. With such complicated charges, it is often best to have a legal representative beside you throughout the process. That is why you need my firm to help you build a strong defense against your kidnapping charges.

The California legal code defines kidnapping in the following ways:

  • Simple kidnapping: Taking, detaining, and transporting a persona against their will. This crime carries up to eight years in jail; if the victim is under 14 years old the penalties will increase.
  • Aggravated kidnapping: Involves kidnapping for ransom or extortion, which is a felony punishable by life in jail without parole.
  • Carjacking kidnapping: Taking a person hostage or kidnapping during a carjacking incident. This charge carries a life sentence.
  • Extortion through posing as a kidnapper: When a person pretends to be a kidnapper to extort money, it can result in criminal charges that carry up to four years in jail.
  • Parental kidnapping: This crime occurs when a child is kidnapped by a parent who does not have legal custody over the child or violates their custody agreement by taking a child away.

The circumstances of the crime will impact how severe the penalties are. Usually, kidnapping will be considered a violent felony, with a double sentence for any previous offenses. A third strike can result in 25 years to life in prison.

Defending Your Rights & Your Future

When your freedom is at stake, you need a Santa Rosa criminal defense lawyer who can provide a robust defense for you, no matter the circumstances.

Defense strategies we can employ include:

  • Consent to the transportation
  • Lack of intent
  • Insufficient evidence
  • Mistaken identity
  • Proof of being legally entrusted with the custody of the kidnapped person

At The Law Office of Joe Bisbiglia, I have more than a decade of experience defending those charged with misdemeanor and felony crimes such as kidnapping. I have handled thousands of criminal cases and can provide the legal defense you need to protect your freedom.

Call my office now and set up your consultation to go over your case!

Have Questions?

Criminal Defense FAQ
  • I am innocent—do I still need a criminal defense attorney?
    Yes! If you have been arrested there is a chance you may be convicted, even if you truly did nothing wrong. Having a Santa Rosa criminal defense attorney from The Law Office of Joe Bisbiglia on your side can aggressively fight to protect you from false charges. An experienced attorney can make all the difference when standing up for you so your choice of representation is a very important one.
  • What is the difference between probation and parole?
    Parole takes place after a person has spent time in prison, whereas probation may be used as an actual alternative criminal sentence. Parole is usually used to monitor a person who has been released from jail. Probation is a criminal sentence for those convicted of lesser offenses.
  • How does the prosecution determine the charges I will face?
    The prosecution will look to convict you on charges they feel have sufficient evidence for a conviction. A case will typically be dropped if the prosecution feels that there is not enough evidence to reach a conviction. What constitutes enough evidence to the prosecutor is up to their discretion.
  • What is a grand jury?
    Grand juries are made up of individuals used to determine if enough evidence exists in order to take a case to trial. A grand jury will use witness testimony, documentation, and other evidence in reaching its determination. The grand jury will decide whether the case will go to trial in the end.
  • Will I be arrested for refusing to give police a statement?
    Exercising you right to silence cannot be used against you. You are protected from testifying against yourself by the Fifth Amendment. If a police officer is trying to intimidate you into giving a statement, get in touch with a criminal defense attorney immediately.


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