At Kestenbaum, Eisner & Gorin, our Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys also defend people in the surrounding regions, including Riverside County. Our Riverside kidnapping defense attorney team is comprised of criminal defense lawyers with a great deal of experience in criminal trials. We defend Riverside kidnapping cases often, and our track record is well respected in the legal community.
The trial for a 50 year-old Victorville man accused of a kidnapping have begun. Mark Herbert Warren is accused of attacking a Riverside woman in her home with a stun gun before handcuffing her, covering her head with a hood and putting her in a box in his van. Warren, a former contractor, left pictures of her restrained as well as ransom note behind for the woman’s husband, demanding $140,000 for her release. Warren was arrested just seven hours later when a local resident reported a suspicious looking van parked outside her home to police. Deputies investigating the van freed the woman and arrested Warren. He has been formally charged with a kidnapping for ransom, burglary and assault with a deadly weapon and is facing life in prison.
A kidnapping is a serious criminal offense in Los Angeles that is nearly always punishable by several years in a state prison. Kidnapping is typically classified as a felony criminal offense and counts as a “strike" under California’s “Three Strikes" laws, leading to longer prison sentences and harsher penalties for multiple felony convictions. Simple kidnapping, or kidnapping without asking for ransom, can generally garner a prison sentence of three, five or eight years, depending on the circumstances surrounding the crime. The kidnapping of children under the age of 14 is generally punishable by as many as 11 years in a state prison. Kidnapping for ransom or in connection with a robbery, as in Warren’s case, is sometimes referred to as aggravated kidnapping and is generally punishable by life in prison with the possibility of parole, in the case of a conviction.
Separately, burglary is the illegal entering of a building or home with the intention of stealing property or committing some other felony, which seems to have been Warren’s intent. Burglary alone in Los Angeles can land you in either a county jail or a state prison for two to six years.
If you have been charged with either burglary or kidnapping in Riverside, you are not without options. Consent or mistaken identity are both common and frequently successful defenses against kidnapping charges. Call the attorneys at Kestenbaum, Eisner & Gorin, LLP today to begin preparing your defense.
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