We typically think of kidnapping as the removal of a minor from their parent or guardian, and this is the most common type of kidnapping. However, kidnapping can apply to a variety of scenarios. Whatever the case, any instance of kidnapping is a felony of the first degree and punishable by up to 20 years imprisonment.

At Shaffer & Engle Law Offices, LLC, we aggressively defend the rights of those accused of kidnapping and other state crimes. We know that sometimes such charges arise out of misunderstanding or in the context of other alleged crimes like motor vehicle theft or carjacking. We put our lawyers' more than 65 years of experience to work in holding the prosecution to its burden of proof of intent as outlined below.

Understanding Pennsylvania's Kidnapping Laws

According to Pennsylvania's criminal laws (18 Pa.C.S. §2901), "kidnapping" occurs when someone unlawfully removes another person to a substantial distance under the circumstances from where he or she was. It can also be used to prosecute those who confine another person for a substantial period in a place of isolation.

In order to be charged with kidnapping, prosecutors must be able to prove that the alleged offender's intentions were to:

  • Hold the victim for ransom
  • Use the victim as a shield or as a hostage
  • Force someone to assist in another felony and any flight thereafter
  • Capture someone to inflict bodily injury or to terrorize him or her
  • Interfere with the performance of any duty of a public official

Attorney Elisabeth K.H. Pasqualini is ready to defend your rights if you are facing serious kidnapping charges in Pennsylvania. You may contact our firm online or by calling 717-827-4074.