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Kidnapping is a serious felony in Arizona, one which often results in substantial prison time for the defendant. The offense of kidnapping has two basic elements, i.e.

  • Knowingly restraining a person; and
  • With specific intention described in A.R.S §13-1304.  

If you have been charged with kidnapping, it is important that you consult with a criminal defense attorney. When working with our law firm, you will have an experienced attorney who will provide an aggressive representation so that you can have the best chance to get your case resolved. We offer free consultations to help you determine what your next steps need to be. 

What Constitutes Kidnapping?

Kidnapping is the act of unlawfully restraining a person against his/her will. The unlawful confinement may be done with the intent of a number of reasons, such as ransom, murder, or sexual assault.

In Arizona, the A.R.S §13-1304 defines kidnapping as the action knowingly restraining another person with the intent to:

  • Hold the victim for ransom, as a shield or hostage; or
  • Hold the victim for involuntary servitude; or
  • Inflict death, physical injury or a sexual offense; or
  • Create reasonable apprehension of imminent physical injury; or
  • Interfere with governmental or political function; or
  • Seize control over any vehicle.
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Penalties for a Kidnapping Conviction

Kidnapping is a serious offense and is charged as a felony in the State of Arizona. Depending on the circumstances of the case, the charges may range from Class 2 to Class 4 felony.

A defendant is charged with a Class 4 felony if he releases the victim in a safe place without any physical injury before getting arrested. However, if the victim is released after negotiations with the State, then it is a Class 3 felony. And in cases, where the victim is not resealed voluntarily or the victim is under fifteen years of age, the perpetrator will be charged with a Class 2 felony.

The punishments for Kidnapping significantly vary from case to case. There are certain aggravating factors, such as the weapon used or previous convictions, which increase the punishment. 

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At the Nava Law Firm, our team is dedicated to helping and representing you. You will have an experienced attorney who will provide an aggressive representation so that you can have the best chance to get your case resolved.

‍Our firm primarily serves the areas of Phoenix, Scottsdale, Chandler, Glendale and other areas around Arizona. If you are in need of an experienced criminal defense attorney in Maricopa County, please contact us today to schedule your free case evaluation.


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