Kidnapping and Unlawful Imprisonment charges are debilitating. The crime evokes images of abusive defendants holding innocent victims against their will. Also, the charges may involve domestic violence if the victim and defendant live together and/or were involved intimately. Fortunately, attorney Alexander Ransom understands that situations are not always what they seem. His efforts have received favorable verdicts and results for clients charged with kidnapping. Alexander provides the type of aggressive, experienced and effective representation his clients need to get kidnapping charges reduced or dismissed.
Kidnapping in the First Degree
Kidnapping in the First Degree is a Class A Felony punishable up to a life sentence in prison and a $50,000.00 fine. The crime allegedly happens if a person intentionally abducts another person with intent to hold them for ransom, commit a felony, inflict injury, etc.
Kidnapping in the Second Degree
Kidnapping in the Second Degree is a Class B Felony punishable up to 10 years prison and a $20,000.00 fine. The crime happens if a person intentionally abducts another person under circumstances not amounting to kidnapping in the first degree. This definition is extremely vague. Many situations involving family members and loved ones could be interpreted as kidnapping under this description.
A person is guilty of Unlawful Imprisonment if they knowingly restrain another person. Unlawful Imprisonment is a class C felony exposing defendants to 5 years prison and a $10,000.00 fine.
Obviously, the sentences for these charges are steep. Courts will not hesitate to impose these penalties – in addition to upward enhancements for more prison – for defendants who are convicted. Making matters worse, anyone charged with additional domestic violence charges will be subject to more consequences and a no-contact order against the alleged victim. For many, this means being unable to return home or see their children without supervision.
If you or someone you care about is charged with these crimes, please call attorney Alexander Ransom today for a free, no-pressure case evaluation.