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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.

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    “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.”

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    “Elisabeth helped me through the most traumatic turning point in my life where I felt so alone and had no support except the fact that I needed to get through my disposition to ensure I would be able to continue to excel in my college studies and provide a better life for my young daughter who I am raising alone. Elisabeth provided me with encouraging words and any possible leads she had come across. I was amazed at how caring she was regarding matters outside of the actual case! After court, Thanks to Elisabeth, I was able to come home and continue to be a rock for my family. Since, I have recently ran out of funding 29 credits shy of my degree but still proud to finish the last semester with a 4.0 gpa making the Deans List five times still maintain work having also begun raising my orphaned seventeen year old god daughter who I came to know as one of the trouble kids at my local Boys & Girls Club where I was hired after completing the community service requirements in my case. I do not receive any financial help from government programs for my budding family but I begged for Elisabeth to take money for her exceptional service and she refused. I am forever grateful for her kindness and love each time that I look at my girls. She treated me like family and she didn't have to, she believed in me and encouraged me and stayed true to her word and I genuinely love and appreciate her for that beyond words. I trusted her with a long shot and she hit it out of the parking lot! Like my title says BEYOND AMAZING...”

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