As you can imagine, the charge of kidnapping is an incredibly serious crime in the state of Colorado. However, you may not even realize you could be accused of kidnapping for certain actions. For example, if a parent takes his or her child somewhere without the permission of the other parent, the parent who wasn’t informed could call the police and report a kidnapping.
In other circumstances, people could be charged with first- or second-degree kidnapping. First-degree kidnapping is the most severe and is the crime most people think of when they think of abductions. This charge includes seizing another person by force and carrying them from one place to another. Alternatively, they could entice or persuade the victim to go from one location to another, or the suspect could imprison a person. These acts must have been done with the intention of forcing the victim or another person to give up something of value of promise something in order to be granted freedom.
Second-degree kidnapping is similar, but it doesn’t require forcing someone to promise something or give up something of value in order to release the person being held against their will. This charge might also be made against someone who kidnaps a child with the intent to keep or conceal the child or to sell or trade the child for profit.
First-degree kidnapping would be a class one felony if the person was injured during the crime. If the individual was released unharmed, it would be a class two felony. Second-degree kidnapping is a class two felony if the person kidnapped was sexually assaulted or robbed, but the charge becomes a third-degree felony if there is no sexual offense or robbery but the kidnapping is used for selling, trading, or bartering the victim. If a person uses a deadly weapon to kidnap, it is a class three felony. However, if none of the above conditions are present, second-degree kidnapping is a class four felony.
Being accused of kidnapping is easier than you think. If you’ve been charged, make sure to call a skilled Denver criminal defense attorney about your case as soon as possible. A skilled criminal defense lawyer can help you mount a defense and help defend your rights and freedom. As the founder of the Law Offices of David L. Owen, Jr., P.C., I can provide experienced legal advocacy. I have decades of experience representing many people and have the results to prove it.
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