The National Trial Lawyers | Top 100 Trial Lawyers AVVO Rating 10.0 Superb | Top Attorney Criminal Defense 10 Best 2014-2016 | 3 Years | Client Satisfaction | American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys WHO'S WHO | Top Professional | Certified 2017 top 100 lawyer ASLA 10 best 2016 client satisfaction| American Institute of personal injury Attorneys Top 10 Attorneys American Jurist Institute 2017 American Jurist Institute Top 10 Attorneys
The Kelly Law Firm Law Offices of Kelly & Conte
Call Anytime - Day or Night
610-314-7066 610-314-7066
The National Trial Lawyers | Top 100 Trial Lawyers
AVVO Rating 10.0 Superb | Top Attorney Criminal Defense
Nation's Premier | NACDA | Top Ten Ranking 2014
10 Best 2014 | Client Satisfaction Award | American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
2016 top 100 lawyer ASLA
10 best 2016 client satisfaction| American Institute of personal injury Attorneys
American Jurist Institute Top 10 Attorneys
Top 10 Attorneys American Jurist Institute 2017

Violent Crimes: Kidnapping

Kidnapping is one of the most serious violent crimes that you can be charged with in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Kidnapping is one of the violent crimes which requires the government to prove the following elements beyond a reasonable doubt:  read more about Kidnapping

First the government must show that the accused unlawfully removes another person a substantial distance from the place where he or she is found, or

The government must show that the accused unlawfully confines another for a substantial period in a place of isolation, with any of the following intentions:

(1) To hold for ransom or reward, or as a hostage.

(2) In order to help him commit any felony.

(3) In order to cause bodily injury or to terrorize the victim. Or

(4) In order to interfere with public officials who are trying to perform any governmental or political function.

Although these criminal elements sound like a difficult burden for the government to show, the Pennsylvania higher courts have widdled down what is required for the government to be successful in a kidnapping case. Possessing a Weapon  Specifically, the kidnapping statute requires that an accused transport the alleged victim a substantial distance. The higher courts, however, have defined "substantial distance" as being a relative term which can be less than a mile. Additionally, although the kidnapping statute requires that an accused kidnap the alleged victim for a substantial period of time, the higher courts in Pennsylvania have found that a "substantial time" can be less than an hour.

Kidnapping is an extremely serious crime. Kidnapping is graded as a felony of the first degree and therefore punishable by up to 20 years in state prison and a $25,000. You should contact an experienced Chester County Violet Crimes attorney if you are being investigated for or charged with the crime of kidnapping.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Why We Succeed

Preparation.

We prepare every case as if it is going to trial. Our reputation for thorough preparation puts us in a much stronger negotiating position with prosecutors and opposing counsel.

See what our clients are saying...

Experience.

For more than 15 years, people throughout Chester County and the surrounding area have turned to Law Offices of Kelly & Conte for sound legal advice and aggressive representation.

Learn more about our team...

Commitment.

We will not accept a deal simply for the sake of closing your case. We care about your future, and we pursue every available option in an effort to secure the best possible outcome.

View our case results...
Schedule a Case Evaluation

Schedule a Free Case Evaluation

Bold labels are required.

Please note that First AND/OR Last Name, and Email AND/OR Phone are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Law Offices of Kelly & Conte
213 W Miner Street #3
West Chester, PA 19382

Phone: 610-314-7066
Fax: 610-436-0628
West Chester Law Office Map

Review Us
Back to Top