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Fight Kidnapping Charges in Atlanta & Fulton County

Penalties for Kidnapping & False Imprisonment in Georgia

False imprisonment is defined under O.C.G.A. § 16-5-41 as violating another individual's freedom by intentionally restraining or detaining that person without the authority to do so. This crime carries a penalty of up to 10 years of incarceration, with certain sentence enhancements. These can be found under O.C.G.A. § 17-10-6.2.

A kidnapping charge is leveled for the same crime with the added element of the accused having moved the victim from one location to another. If convicted of kidnapping, the alleged offender could face between 10 and 20 years in state or federal prison. If the victim was younger than 14, the sentence will be heavier - between 24 years to life. Sentence enhancements are elaborated under O.C.G.A. § 17-10-6.1 and § 17-10-7.

In some situations, kidnapping is charged along with other crimes such as:

  • Assault
  • Robbery
  • Rape
  • Murder
  • Manslaughter
  • Hijacking
  • Trafficking

Serious Advocacy from a Trusted Fulton County Criminal Defense Lawyer

Kidnapping is a federal offense, meaning that if accused, the alleged offender could be tried in either state or federal court. Because kidnapping is classified as a violent felony, a minimum of 10 years in prison without parole is mandatory for a first offense, and life without parole is the necessary penalty for a second offense.

Have you or a loved one been charged with kidnapping? By choosing to work with a committed and knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer serving Fulton County, you are taking a step toward protecting your future and your liberty. Our lawyer at the Law Office of Tanya F. Miller, LLC is a former chief senior district attorney. Her ability to prosecute translates to her ability to effectively defend: She knows how the other side of the courtroom operates and is prepared to protect you intelligently and proactively.

We encourage you to call the Law Office of Tanya F. Miller, LLC as soon as possible to schedule your free case consultation.

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