Kidnapping and False Imprisonment Charges

Kidnapping is where you forcibly (or by using fear or intimidation) move another person a substantial distance. It can become aggravated kidnapping if you cause serious injury to the victim or demand a ransom.


  • Kidnapping is a felony punishable by up to 8 years in prison.
  • Aggravated kidnapping is a felony that can range from 5 years to life in prison.
  • Because kidnapping is considered a violent crime, you are subject to a strike on your record under California’s Three Strikes law.