Abduction cases – kidnappings – are criminal cases considered among the most heinous and serious in the criminal legal system. In Arizona, every kidnapping leads to felony charges, and every kidnapping conviction is punishable with a prison sentence – depending on the details of the criminal charge – ranging from 18 months to life in prison. If you face criminal charges for kidnapping in the Phoenix area, immediately contact an experienced Phoenix kidnapping lawyer with the law firm of AZ Criminal Defense Group, PLLC.


Innocent people can be charged with kidnapping on the basis of misunderstandings, misidentifications, and sometimes because the accusation itself is fabricated. If you’re charged with kidnapping, you are very much going to need sound legal advice and knowledgeable criminal defense representation, and you’ll need to speak with an experienced criminal lawyer at once. If a state line is crossed, a kidnapping may also be a violation of federal criminal law. AZ Criminal Defense Group can help. In Arizona, kidnapping is:

  • a Class 4 felony if the victim is released voluntarily and uninjured, in a safe location, before an arrest or before another crime is committed. Class 4 felonies are punishable by 18 to 45 months in prison.
  • a Class 3 felony if the victim is released on the basis of an agreement with authorities and without injury. Class 3 felonies are punishable by 30 months to 7 years in prison.
  • a Class 2 felony if the suspect does not voluntarily release the victim uninjured before an arrest or before committing another crime. If a convicted defendant refused to release the victim until an arrest, caused injury to the victim, or committed another criminal act concurrent to the kidnapping, a conviction is punishable by 4 to 10 years in prison. If the kidnap victim was 15 years old or younger, a conviction is punishable by life in prison.


If you or someone you love has been charged with kidnapping in the Phoenix area, you must hire an experienced Phoenix kidnapping lawyer right away. An experienced defense lawyer with the Phoenix law firm of AZ Criminal Defense Group is the defense attorney you need. AZ Criminal Defense Group, PLLC offers a free consultation to all new and prospective clients. A defense attorney will review the details of your kidnapping case and explain your legal rights and options. If you are charged with kidnapping anywhere in Arizona, contact an experienced Phoenix criminal lawyer with AZ Criminal Defense Group by calling (602) 207-8777 promptly.