Kidnapping Defense Lawyer in Atlanta & Alpharetta, Georgia
The crime of kidnapping can refer to abduction by a stranger or a family member taking a child in violation of a custody order imposed by a judge. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, there are approximately 200,000 family member kidnappings occur each year in the United States. At the Ford Law Firm, we defend clients charged with kidnapping under Georgia law or federal statute.
In most cases, family kidnappings involve a non-custodial parent taking the child during or after losing an acrimonious custody dispute in family court, including international kidnappings. Although a large number of kidnappings involve family members, many kidnappings occur when an unknown person takes another individual for any of a number of reasons.
Kidnapping is a serious crime that is considered a felony under Georgia law and federal statute. A person can be accused of kidnapping when a person takes a person to another location without their consent and can include taking a person as a hostage, to cause physical or psychological harm, for ransom, or to use the kidnapped person as a shield. If convicted, the punishment can result in 10 to 20 years of imprisonment or the death penalty, if the person was harmed or taken for ransom.
Whether you or a loved one is being investigated or charged with kidnapping under state or federal statute, you need a criminal defense lawyer. At the Ford Law Firm, we gather a criminal defense team that includes the attorney, client and a group of experts to completely investigate the situation, review the government’s evidence and prepare the best possible defense for our clients.