On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. on Thursday, November 8, 2012
In general, kidnapping occurs when an individual takes another individual from one location to another without that person’s consent and against his or her will. An individual can also face kidnapping charges if he or she confines an individual to one controlled space. Kidnapping is a violation of federal criminal law, and those who face charges of kidnapping can also face serious penalties. Therefore, these types of charges should be taken very seriously. In addition, it is always helpful to seek out an attorney who will be an advocate and put forward a rigorous defense.
A Missouri man is facing kidnapping charges for allegedly taking a 5-year-old girl and holding her against her will in his home. The girl had last been seen on a Tuesday night when her mother put her to bed. When the mother went in to get her in the morning, the young girl was gone.
Shortly after the mother noticed that the girl was missing, a woman reported to authorities that she had gone to a man’s house and had seen the young girl. The man threatened the woman and attempted to hold her hostage. However, when she broke free the man allegedly fled with the girl. The man surrendered to authorities that afternoon and is now facing kidnapping charges for allegedly taking the young girl.
It is important to understand that even in these types of situations where individuals turn themselves in, they still have rights and are still entitled to a fair trial and a strong defense. They should not feel like all hope has been lost at that point.
A strong defense attorney will analyze all avenues and circumstances of the case. This includes the evidence gathering process that the prosecution and police officers engage in, determining the credibility of opposing testimony and excluding or dismissing evidence that should not be introduced at trial. These strategies may help to mitigate the severity of the outcome for the accused.
Source: Fox2Now.com, “Sex Offender Facing Kidnapping, Other Charges,” Roche Madden, Oct. 24, 2012