Kidnapping normally goes hand in hand with “false imprisonment,” which is the act of keeping someone at a specific location against their will. Whatever the situation surrounding the kidnapping accusation, it is important you seek legal counsel as soon as you have been accused of this felony offense.
Some of the kidnapping cases we assist with include, but are not limited to the following:
- Ransom — The kidnapper is seeking a reward for the return of the individual.
- Custody cases — The kidnapper is keeping the child away from the mother or father of the child or the kidnapper has stolen the child due to a custody disagreement. Usually these cases involve ex-spouses but there are other examples where a family member may kidnap a child in an attempt to protect them.
- Criminal sexual conduct cases — In some instances, a kidnapping may be part of a rape or other criminal sexual conduct crime. In these instances, you may be facing two charges of rape, as well as kidnapping.
Kidnapping is considered a felony offense with severe consequences if found guilty. This can include jail time without parole, jail time with parole, probation, restitution to the victim, counseling and fines. If you have committed kidnapping in addition to a criminal sexual act, such as rape, then you will also be registered as a sex offender. This cannot be expunged from your record.
The kidnapping laws in Minnesota are quite complex, which is why it is important to seek legal counsel as soon as you have been accused of this serious offense. A kidnapping conviction can make it hard for you to go on with your life, even after you have served your penalty.