Kidnapping is a felony offense and refers to
the taking away, or movement of another person against their will by
force or any other means of instilling fear in the victim. In
California, the punishment for a conviction of kidnapping can be
anywhere from three to eight years in prison. If the victim is under
the age of 14, you may be imprisoned for up to 11 years. Further, if
the kidnapping caused great bodily harm, or if the kidnapping was
carried out for the purpose of another crime (rape, robbery, ransom
collection, etc.); the punishment may be life in prison, without the
possibility of parole.
False imprisonment is defined as intentionally detaining or confining
someone against their will. False imprisonment may be charges as
either a misdemeanor of felony depending on the specific facts of the
case. It is considered to be felony false imprisonment if force, threats
or intimidation were used to accomplish the detention. The penalty for
a felony false imprisonment conviction is three years in state prison.
If it is a misdemeanor false imprisonment conviction, the maximum
sentence is one year in the county jail.
May 6th, 2015
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