Kidnapping is something that seems to happen more in the movies then in real life but all the fiction out there is ultimately based on true stories and that’s why there are statutes criminalizing kidnapping. While it may not always be the type of violent crime that we would categorize with assault it can often involve violent characteristics and is ultimately classified as a violent crimes. There are a number of different ways you can be found guilty of kidnapping but the basic idea behind kidnapping is that someone is being held, detained, restrained, or transported against their will.
Aggravated Kidnapping and Child Kidnapping Legal Defense in Northern Utah
In Utah there are two special kinds of kidnapping that are separately defined and carry different penalties than a simple kidnapping charge. Although kidnapping sounds like it always involves a child it does not, and as such if you kidnap a person under 14 years of age you could be found guilty of child kidnapping which is a first degree felony. As for aggravated kidnapping a person could be charged with a first degree felony under the aggravated kidnapping statute if the kidnapping involves a dangerous weapon, a separate felony, or serious bodily injury.
Ogden Criminal Defense Attorney | Kidnapping Charges
If you or a loved one is facing kidnapping charges in Northern Utah then call or email Ogden Criminal Defense today. Kidnapping charges are very serious and could range from a second degree felony to a first degree felony, meaning a possibility of one year up to life in prison. Obviously a kidnapping charge could greatly alter your life and as such you need to make sure you have the best legal defense available. At Ogden Criminal Defense our attorneys have helped thousands of criminal clients, we know the system, we know the judges and prosecutors, and we know how to get our clients the best outcomes available.