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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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  • She has my highest recommendation for her knowledge, analytical skills, and demeanor.

    “Attorney Collins represented me in the most professional manner. I had the best possible outcome. I am grateful for her insight, her promptness, and her support for me. She has my highest recommendation for her knowledge, analytical skills, and demeanor.”


  • Mr. Engle was able to explain the laws in PA and got the job done in days.

    “I am an attorney in the state of Washington. I have a family law client who was in desperate need of legal assistance in PA. The case against him was affecting his ability to work. Mr. Engle contacted me as soon as my email was received and helped my client. Mr. Engle was able to explain the laws in PA and got the job done in days. I have never encountered another attorney as eager to help and get the job done. I would highly recommend Mr. Engle to anyone.”



    “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...”

    Jaimeen A.

  • Jeff advised me appropriately and always responded to my calls promptly.

    “At the law offices of Shaffer & Engle, my case was handled with professionalism, compassion, and dedication. Facing criminal charges was a very frightening experience to me, but I knew I was in good hands with Jeff Engle. I had no past experiences with the judicial system. I felt I was treated with courtesy and dignity. Jeff did everything within his legal powers to provide a great service when I was in need. From my experience with Jeff, he has been more than a lawyer; he is now considered a great new friend of my family. He took a personal interest in my case and for that I am eternally grateful. Jeff always delivered on what he said to me and did everything he set out to do. Jeff fought the prosecutor (DA) every step of the way without hesitation. Jeff advised me appropriately and always responded to my calls promptly. What could have been a truly awful situation was resolved completely to my satisfaction. I am available at any time to address any questions with respect to Jeff Engle as an attorney or as a person. I hold him in the highest regard. If anyone ever wanted to see the definition of what a true attorney is...they should be able to open up a dictionary and see a picture of Jeff next to it. I would and will recommend him and his law firm to anyone looking for a knowledgeable and aggressive law firm or criminal defense attorney.”

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  • 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.”