Kidnapping is the taking and moving of another, against their will. It is another of the “violent” felonies enumerated in section 667.5, subdivision (c). The Penal Code provisions and case law regarding kidnapping are very complex and encompass kidnapping in many different scenarios: carjacking, for ransom, reward, or extortion, for robbery or rape, for child molestation, and for victims under fourteen years old.
The punishments for kidnapping depend on the nature of the kidnapping, and run from three years to life in prison with the possibility of parole. If you wish to explore the law in this area on your own, I suggest you begin with California Penal Code section 207. However, due to the complexity of the laws regarding kidnapping and the broad array of punishments which may result, it is important that you seek legal advice as soon as possible.
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