Kidnapping is considered one of the most serious criminal charges in Scranton and throughout the United States. A conviction can result in a life sentence in prison. The stakes are high in this type of situation, which is why it’s critical to have a seasoned attorney by your side to mount the best possible strategic defense.
Possible Kidnapping Charge Defenses
Depending on the facts of a case, mounting a defense can challenging. However, several possible strategies might be used.
Many cases are won by proving that a supposed victim actually agreed to go with the defendant. This removes a key element of a kidnapping case because consent was involved.
In other cases, ignorance or a mistake may be claimed if a person does not know or believe they were committing a kidnapping. For example, a person might be able to claim and show they thought they were acting under the authority of the law, such as in a child custody case.
It may also be possible to claim that a person was coerced, or forced to commit a kidnapping, under the threat of another who wanted to harm them. In this case, it must be shown that the defendant (or a loved one) was under a real and credible threat of bodily harm or death if they did not comply with the kidnapping demands of another person.
Contact Peters Law Firm If You Have Been Charged with Kidnapping
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If you need a criminal lawyer or assistance with a criminal matter, contact us for a free initial consultation at our main office in Clark’s Summit at (570) 585-0707, our Scranton area office at (570) 963-1610, or our Tunkhannock and Wyoming County office at (570) 836-0700 today.