Minneapolis Kidnapping Defense Lawyers
Fighting to Protect Your Legal Rights
If you’ve been accused of – or are potentially facing – federal kidnapping charges, contact an attorney with kidnapping defense experience as soon as possible. Fortunately, at Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A., we can help.
When it comes to defending our clients against criminal charges, we put your best interests at the top of our priority list. As your experienced federal criminal defense attorneys, we will aggressively advocate for your rights as a defendant, as provided under the U.S. Constitution. Our dedication to exploring every legally viable defense available to you is unparalleled.
Call us at (612) 444-5020 for a free consultation to discuss your case with one of our experienced criminal defense attorneys.
Defenses to Kidnapping
A defendant is not guilty of kidnapping if:
- Consent. The abductee agreed go along with the defendant without coercion;
- Intent. If the defendant did not have the requisite intent to commit the offense;
- Mistake. The alleged kidnapping resulted from the defendant’s honest mistake of fact (e.g. reasonably and honestly believed that the abductee was his or her child);
- Family/Relative. The defendant is a family member with the legal right to exercise custody over the abductee; or
- Insanity. The defendant lacked the capacity to understand the moral or factual reality of his or her actions.
We Understand Federal Kidnapping Law
While Minnesota and her sister states have their own kidnapping laws on the books, the United States government also recognizes kidnapping as a federal crime under the Federal Kidnapping Act of 1932. Although states have jurisdiction over crimes that occur within their borders, the moment an abductee is transported across state lines is the moment the abductor has committed a federal crime. Furthermore, if the abductee is not released within 24 hours, federal law presumes that an interstate kidnapping was committed and the FBI will assume jurisdiction over the case.
Federal kidnapping law also recognizes a special rule involving kidnapped children. If an adult kidnaps a minor and there is no relationship between the two, the Federal Kidnapping Act requires the abductor to carry out a minimum sentence of 20 years.
Tough Criminal Defense Advocacy in Minneapolis
A federal charge against you will undoubtedly threaten custody rights of your child and tarnish your reputation. Moreover, the repercussions of a successful conviction will not only result in jail time and steep criminal fines, but will hinder your ability to find employment, obtain loans, and lease property. That is why we consider defending our clients to be the most important job a lawyer could undertake. At Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. we pride ourselves on providing top-tier legal representation for each of our clients so they can endure these difficult and critical moments in their lives.
To schedule a complimentary case review, please contact Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. at (612) 444-5020.
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