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:
guilty of kidnapping who is not a parent or found guilty of any other crime, the charge shall
be classified as a
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
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
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
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