Kidnapping is the act of confining someone or removing someone from their place of work, home, or another location, against their will, for any of the following purposes:
- Holding them for ransom;
- Holding them as a shield or hostage;
- Facilitating the commission of a felony or flight after committing a felony;
- Committing great bodily harm against them;
- Terrorizing them or someone else; or
- Holding them in involuntary servitude.
The victim can be a child or an adult and the victim is usually unable to escape their captor because they are held by force and/or by threat.
There are a number of different scenarios in which a person can be charged with kidnapping. Other crimes may be charged, too, including false imprisonment or depriving another of custodial or parental rights. If you have been charged with any of these crimes, you have the right to be represented by a Mankato criminal defense attorney who will work hard to protect your rights and your interests.
Working Hard For You
The kidnapping accusation is a very difficult one to have to go through. Your attorney will gather all information about the case in order to build a strong defense for you. Sometimes kidnapping accusations are due to misunderstandings, but they can be legitimate in other cases. No matter what your circumstances, you still have rights and there is a chance that you can avoid the maximum penalties when you have the right representation in place.
It is through this representation that you will receive the advice that you need to make informed decisions about your case. You will also receive the peace of mind that you are getting the best possible chance toward a productive future.
Fighting Kidnapping Penalties
The maximum penalties for kidnapping can involve fines and years in prison. The good news is that it is possible to avoid the maximum penalties so you can move on with your life much sooner than you would otherwise. This is one of the reasons why you want a Southern Minnesota criminal defense attorney by your side versus no attorney at all or a public defender. Unfortunately, some individuals feel that they are guilty and there is no hope for them, but the truth is that there may be factors present that warrant a reduction in the charges. This reduction means the penalties will be reduced. In some cases, the charges can be completely dismissed. When you consult with your attorney, the possibilities will be discussed with you so that the right choices can be made.
Contact A Mankato Criminal Defense Lawyer
Kidnapping is a very serious offense. While there are cases where the crime was actually committed, there are times a person is falsely accused. A conviction can result in very serious penalties that follow the defendant around for a lifetime. If you or a loved one has been accused of kidnapping, it is very important to contact a defense attorney as soon as possible. To learn more, call Farrish Johnson Law Office, CHTD at 507-625-2525 for a free consultation.
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