If you have been charged with kidnapping in Atlanta, you know that it is a very serious offense in the eyes of Georgia law. If you hope to avoid life-altering penalties, you should get in touch with an experienced Atlanta kidnapping attorney as soon as possible. Because the kidnapping law is so strict, people sometimes get charged with this crime without necessarily committing it.
If you believe that you have been wrongfully charged for committing the act of kidnapping, contact the knowledgeable criminal defense attorneys at Andersen, Tate & Carr today. We have years of experience working with kidnapping cases in Atlanta, and we will make sure your rights are protected during your legal proceedings.
Definition of Kidnapping in Atlanta
According to Georgia Code § 16-5-40, a kidnapping offense can occur whenever someone slightly moves someone else in a way that is not incidental. A movement will be considered intentional when someone isolates or conceals the victim, attempts to avoid apprehension while in possession of the victim or lessens the risk of the victim’s detection. If any of these acts are committed, the person can be charged with kidnapping.
Punishments For Kidnapping in Atlanta
The penalties associated with committing a kidnapping in Atlanta are quite harsh. If you kidnap someone 14 years old or older, you will be sentenced to at least 10 years in prison and could face up to 20 years in prison. If you kidnap someone under the age of 14, you will face at least 25 years of imprisonment followed by a lifetime probation.
You will receive sentences of lifetime imprisonment or death if your kidnapping involved any type of ransom. You will also receive this sentence if the victim of the kidnapping received any type of bodily injury.
Even if you are convicted of attempted kidnapping, you will still face a prison sentence of at least one year and could still serve up to 30 years in prison.These penalties are based on the the criminal attempt and conspiracy section of Georgia Code § 16-4-6.
Contact Our Team of Experienced Atlanta Kidnapping Attorneys Today
If you live in Atlanta and have been charged with a kidnapping crime, contact our firm today for a free, no-obligation consultation to learn how we can help you. No matter what the circumstances of your case are, our goal is to ensure the best possible outcome for you and your family.