Richmond Kidnapping Lawyer

Protection for Clients Accused of Serious State & Federal Charges

Kidnapping is generally defined as the illegal taking of another person against their will through force, intimidation, or deception. This does not, however, apply to any law enforcement officer performing in the line of duty. The sooner you contact a Richmond criminal defense attorney after being accused of kidnapping, the better your chances of a positive outcome.

Penalties for Kidnapping

This is some important information of which to be aware:

  • Anyone found guilty of kidnapping who is not a parent or found guilty of any other crime, the charge shall be classified as a Class 5 felony. This is punishable by 1 to 10 years imprisonment and a fine up to $2,500.00, either or both.
  • If the kidnapping is done with the intention of extorting money or if the person is a minor under 16 years of age with the intent being concubinage or prostitution, this is a Class 2 Felony. This is punishable by 20 years to life in prison and a fine not to exceed $100,000.00.
  • In the Commonwealth of Virginia, even attempting or threatening to kidnap someone to extort money or a minor for the purpose of concubinage or prostitution is a Class 5 felony punishable by 1 to 10 years' imprisonment, a fine of up to $2,500.00, either or both.
  • A kidnapping that occurs across state lines can be charged in the federal courts. If convicted in federal court, depending on the circumstances of the crime and any previous convictions, the accused faces life imprisonment.

The laws regarding kidnapping are detailed in the Code of Virginia Sections 18.2-47, 18.2-48, and 18.2-49 as well as the United States Code in 18 U.S.C. § 1201 and 18 U.S.C. § 1204. Our team at Carlson & Collier is here to provide the strong support you need. Don't let this situation ruin your life. We're here to provide the defense for violent crimes.

Kidnapping by a Parent — Penalties & Charges

If the kidnapping is committed by a parent, this shall be punishable as contempt of court. This constitutes a Class 1 misdemeanor which is punishable by up to 12 months in jail and a fine of up to $2,500.00 — either or both. An additional contempt of court punishment applies.

If the minor is kidnapped from Virginia, this now becomes a Class 6 felony which is punishable by 1 to 5 years' imprisonment and a fine of up to $2,500.00, either or both. If the minor is taken outside of the United States, this becomes a federal offense. This is punishable by up to 3 years' imprisonment.

Free Case Review with Our Richmond Criminal Defense Lawyers

Please feel free to contact Carlson & Collier as soon as possible. Schedule your free case review with our firm to learn about your options and how our experienced team could defend you. We have more than 60 collective years in the field, and have handled thousands of cases. We're available 24/7 for our clients with evening and weekend appointments open, so don't wait: Make Carlson & Collier your first call when you need a reliable Richmond criminal defense attorney to represent your case.

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