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Kidnapping Lawyers in Harrisburg

Criminal Defense Attorneys Serving Dauphin County

Oftentimes, when we hear the word kidnapping, we think of a minor child being taken from their parent or guardian. Although this is the most common type of kidnapping, it is not the only one. Kidnapping can occur in a wide range of scenarios and, regardless of the circumstances, it is charged as a felony in the first degree.

As a violent felony, depending on the circumstances of the alleged offense, kidnapping can bring harsh penalties such as up to 20 years of imprisonment. If you have been charged with or arrested for a kidnapping offense, you should speak with a Harrisburg criminal defense attorney right away.

Call our firm at (717) 268-4287 to schedule a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable kidnapping lawyers in Harrisburg.

Understand Pennsylvania's Criminal Laws

Kidnapping occurs when one person removes another person unlawfully and moves them a substantial distance from where they were. This offense may also be used to charge a person who allegedly confined another person in a place of isolation for a substantial period of time. At Shaffer & Engle, we are fully educated on Pennsylvania’s criminal laws and statutes, which allows us to build a strong case against the prosecution.

In order to reach a conviction, the prosecution must be able to prove that you had the intent to do one of the following:

  • Hold the victim for ransom
  • Hold the victim as a hostage
  • Capture someone with the intent to terrorize them
  • Make someone else assist with another felony crime
  • Kidnap someone with the intent of causing bodily harm

Aggressively Defending Your Rights

Just because you were charged with a serious crime like kidnapping does not mean that your life is over. At Shaffer & Engle, our Harrisburg kidnapping attorneys have more than 65 years of combined experience representing individuals accused of kidnapping and major felonies. We know that charges like this often arise from misunderstandings, such as mistaken identity or even false accusations. Our goal is to give you a chance at a fair trial where you can tell your side of the story.

We're ready to defend your rights. Call us today at (717) 268-4287.

What Our
Clients Have to Say

  • Ms. Collins took our case, she made us feel like we were her only client.

    “From the first day Ms. Collins took our case, she made us feel like we were her only client. She keeps us in the loop at all times, has put such heart and dedication into the case, and really wants the best outcome. She is positive and makes an effort to keep our spirits up with humor and a different perspective. I know for a fact she puts a lot of her personal time into her work because she wants to do the best job possible, including weekends and holidays.”

    Janay

  • He treated me with respect and always made me feel like my case was his only priority.

    “Because I live out of state, I needed representation that I could trust to best represent me and my interests. Jeff Engle provided regular, thorough counsel throughout the legal process. He treated me with respect and always made me feel like my case was his only priority.”

    KH

  • He took the time to explain the process, understand the facts of my case and provide suggestions like retaining a private investigator.

    “I came to Shaffer & Engle Law Offices searching for hope after I entered a plea in my criminal case. I had a false allegation filed against me for a sexual offense that I did not commit. I was involved with another lawyer for 2 ½ years, when it came down to day before court we felt he was not prepared to represent me. I either took the plea of "Nolo Contendere" or went to jail the day of the trial. I felt trapped. I had this allegation against me and I was innocent. I met with the Attorney Engle. He took the time to explain the process, understand the facts of my case and provide suggestions like retaining a private investigator. He offered to represent me and quickly moved to withdraw my guilty plea. That was granted by the court and we proceeded to prepare for trial. They uncovered many things that our other lawyer did not bother to investigate. They met with character witnesses after hours to make sure my defense would be solid. Long story short, the DA in my case withdrew the charges. I went from a convicted man to completely being vindicated. Shaffer and Engle Law Offices also were able to assist me in another matter relating to the criminal case, but in civil court. The same results, all charges were dismissed. I appreciate the work they did, their prompt service, care and attention they showed to me and my family. I found their services to be affordable when compared to what they did for me. I would highly recommend them for anyone charged with a crime that they did not do.”

    JH

  • He treats you with respect, has a great personality, keeps you informed, makes you feel comfortable, and takes time to answer any questions.

    “Hired the Law Office to handle the new Adam Walsh Act law going into effect December 20, 2012. State of PA and State Police was requiring that I register under the new law. Not only required to register but also changing my Tier level from Tier 1 to Tier Pending. Originally was required to register as a Tier 1 for 10 years but under the new law they were requiring to register for life. Attorney Engle took the case and fought from the day he was hired until the case was resolved. This is the only Law Firm I have dealt with that work diligently and kept us well informed throughout the case. Our case Won on two levels: 1. I am no longer required to register under the new Adam Walsh Act. 2. Successfully removed my name from the Sex Offender Registry. I am no longer listed on State or Federal Megan Law web site. I have worked with several Law firms over the past 10 years and Attorney Engle is the best Attorney. He treats you with respect, has a great personality, keeps you informed, makes you feel comfortable, and takes time to answer any questions. He fought for my rights where not too many attorneys out there will. AND he WON our case against the State Attorney General and the Pennsylvania State Police. I will recommend this Law Firm to anyone that need legal representation no matter what the case might be. Big or small this is the law firm you want to hire. I cannot nor can anyone predict the same outcome but they will fight for your best interest.”

    Former client

  • We are not seen as clients but instead as one of her family member. And for that, I admire and adore her work ethic and ability to help the community.

    “ I would definitely recommend her to anyone who needs her help. Her determination is outstanding.”

    Mai