California Penal Code 208

Are you facing charges for Kidnapping a Minor under the Age of 14? Those convicted of violating Penal Code 208 will have a felony on their criminal record. Child kidnapping cases are taken very seriously, and you can expect your situation to become a news story. A skilled kidnapping attorney can help you avoid a conviction and handle the press on your behalf.


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PC 208 Defined


According to California Penal Code 208, Kidnapping is defined as transporting someone from one place to another without their permission and with the use of force, violence or methods of intimidation. When kidnapping involves a minor under the age of 14, this is considered to be an aggravating circumstance, which carries higher penalties.


In order to prosecute for CPC 208 Kidnapping a Minor under the Age of 14, the state has the burden to prove you were guilty of:


  • The defendant coerced or lured a minor in their presence
  • The defendant did not have the parents’ or legal guardian’s consent
  • The defendant may have used force, violence or threat to carry out the crime


California Penal Code 208 does not relate to the following individuals who may have hid or kept a child under 14 without consent:


  • A biological mother or father
  • The child’s adopted parents
  • A court appointed guardian


CPC 208 Penalties


Kidnapping a Minor under the Age of 14 is a felony and those found guilty can face:

  • 5, 8 or 11 Years in the California State Prison
  • A $10,000 maximum fine
  • Probation


If you are facing Kidnapping a Minor under the Age of 14 charges for California Penal Code Section 208, you will most likely need assistance from a skilled local legal professional. Whether you are looking for information or are ready to hire a legal professional, contacting MacGregor & Collins, LLP can help you avoid a conviction. Call today at (888) 250-2865.

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