Kidnapping covers a broad area of law. At its core, kidnapping is the transportation of a person against their will and usually involves false imprisonment or confinement without any legal authority to do so. Many times kidnapping is a crime with the goal of obtaining a ransom, committing sex crimes, or in connection with a child custody dispute. If you have been arrested for a federal kidnapping offense, you should be in immediate contact with us, as these are very serious charges.
Under federal law, kidnapping is considered to be a violent crime, regardless of the intent of the kidnapper. As defined in U.S. Code Title 18, Section 1201, a kidnapping offense is committed by someone who “unlawfully seizes, confines, inveigles, decoys, kidnaps, abducts, or carries away and holds for ransom or reward any person, except in the case of a minor by the parent thereof.” To qualify as a federal crime, this act must be carried out across state or national lines or against a public official. Conviction on federal kidnapping charges brings with it the possibility of several years in prison up to the death penalty, depending on the circumstances behind the act and whether parties were injured or killed.
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