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Kidnapping Charges in Maricopa County

What Constitutes as Kidnapping in Arizona? According to ARS §13-304, a person commits kidnapping by knowingly restraining another person against their will.

The six factors/statutory goals of kidnapping are the following:

  • Receiving a ransom
  • Using a person as a hostage or shield
  • Taking control of a vehicle
  • Causing physical injury, death, or a sexual offense on a person
  • Aiding in the commission of another felony against their will
  • Disrupting the performance of a governmental or political function

What are the Penalties for Kidnapping in Scottsdale?

Each kidnapping conviction will be associated with a felony, making serving prison time a guarantee. If someone does not voluntarily release another person without physical injury prior to arrest and committing other offenses, then it is considered a Class 2 felony. If a kidnapped individual is released voluntarily without physical injury in a safe place prior arrest and committing other offenses, it is a Class 4 felony. If a kidnapped individual is released pursuant to an agreement within the state and without physical harm, it is a Class 3 felony. If the kidnapped individual is under 15 years of age, it is a Class 2 felony with a possibility of life term in prison.

Our Scottsdale Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help

At Sonoran Law Group, we are dedicated to combat these allegations by conducting our own personal investigation and analyzing the evidence available in order to achieve the outcome you desire. Our East Valley legal team knows that a simple domestic violence situation can turn into a significant kidnapping felony. Our founder is a former prosecutor who possesses the comprehensive knowledge of the legal system and understands various methods which the opposition will implement. We serve clients in Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Mesa, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, Maricopa County & surrounding areas.

For a complimentary consultation, contact our Maricopa County attorneys at 480.477.8040.