Kidnapping is defined by law as the act of “forcibly, threatening or deceptively removing an individual from the place where they are found.” Kidnapping often involves acts such as demanding ransom, inflicting physical harm, engaging in sexual activity against the victim’s will and forcing an individual into involuntary servitude. A kidnapping offense can be prosecuted by the federal government if it involved the crossing of state lines.
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Usually a first degree felony offense, kidnapping can result in a fine up to $20,000 and a lifetime imprisonment sentence. If the victim is unharmed, kidnapping can be charged as a second degree felony and result in a fine up to $15,000 and an eight year prison sentence. If you are convicted of attempted abduction, this is a fourth degree felony which can result in a fine up to $5,000 and a prison sentence of 18 months. Attempted abduction can be increased to a third degree felony, however, which comes with a fine up to $10,000 and a one to five year prison sentence.
Common legal defenses for kidnapping charges include:
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