Abduction and Kidnapping
Our Atlanta criminal defense attorneys protect you against the harsh penalties associated with kidnapping charges.
Criminal matters in which your actions impact others carry serious penalties in Georgia. In kidnapping cases, you could easily end up facing charges on both a state and federal level. To protect yourself and your legal rights in this situation, get our legal team at Ghanayem & Rayasam on your side. As a nationally recognized, award-winning law firm, we are the best Atlanta abduction and kidnapping attorneys to provide the aggressive legal representation you need.
Penalties for Abduction and Kidnapping in Georgia
Under the Georgia Code, kidnapping and abduction are serious crimes. These charges involve holding another person against their will or taking them away without proper authority or consent. As felony charges, they require a strong and immediate criminal defense.
At Ghanayem & Rayasam, we work to protect you against the harsh penalties associated with abducting or kidnapping another person. At the minimum, you could end up with a prison sentence of anywhere between 10 and 20 years. Circumstances that could increase your charges and the penalties you face include:
- If the alleged victim was under the age of 14;
- If a ransom was requested in exchange for the victim’s release;
- If the victim suffered bodily injuries as a result of the abduction or while being held against their will;
- If you have been convicted for abduction or kidnapping in the past.
In the above situations, the minimum prison term is 20 years. The maximum is life imprisonment or the death penalty. If you crossed state lines with the victim, you could end up facing federal charges for kidnapping, as well.
We Defend You Against Abduction and Kidnapping Charges in Georgia
Kidnapping can arise out of a variety of situations. One is when a parent is accused of abducting a child. At Ghanayem & Rayasam, we can gather evidence in your defense, explaining the situation and why the kidnapping may have actually been in the child’s best interests.
In addition to kidnapping as a means of protecting another person from harm, other common defenses that our Atlanta kidnapping attorneys can use in your favor include:
- The kidnapping was a mistake. We can argue that the alleged victim either went with you of their own free will, that you thought you had the right to take them, or that some type of misunderstanding occurred along the way.
- The victim was never moved. If the alleged victim was never moved, the charges could be dropped or reduced to holding someone against their will.
- The crime never occurred or involves a case of mistaken identity. By conducting a thorough investigation into your case, we can either show that the crime never happened or that it was not committed by you.
Contact Our Atlanta Kidnapping Defense Attorneys Today
Charges related to abduction or kidnapping are serious criminal offenses and require immediate action on the part of an experienced Atlanta criminal defense attorney. Contact Ghanayem & Rayasam to request a consultation today.