Abduction, kidnapping and unlawful restraint are very serious complex criminal offenses in Ohio. These three offenses entail holding, moving or keeping an individual against their will. Each offense differs based on the severity of the facts and circumstances. A conviction for abduction, kidnapping or unlawful restraint will undoubtedly result in severe, unforgiving penalties and consequences.
If you are facing abduction, kidnapping or unlawful restraint in Ohio, it is critical that you consult with an attorney as soon as possible. Regardless of what happened in your case, it is understandable that you are probably scared and overwhelmed. You do not have go through this experience alone. At LHA, our Ohio abduction attorneys are here to provide their experience, understanding and legal counsel to help you deal with charges that you are currently facing. The sooner you consult with a skilled Cincinnati criminal defense team, the better, as they will work diligently to achieve the most favorable outcome for your case. This could mean the difference between serving less jail time to a complete dismissal of charges altogether.
Criminal Law Information Related to Cincinnati Kidnapping Charges and Ohio Abduction Laws
- Kidnapping — Kidnapping can be defined (ORC 2905.01) as forcibly, threatening or deceptively removing an individual (also applicable if they are under the age of 13, or if they are considered mentally incompetent) from the place where they are found, or restraining their liberty for a number of different purposes.
- Abduction — Abduction is similar to kidnapping and doesn’t necessarily have to involve a child; a person of any age can be abducted. Abduction is defined as a person knowingly engaging in one of several behaviors. If convicted, you will face harsh, unforgiving penalties including extensive prison time and fines.
- Attempted Abduction — Attempted abduction is purposefully or knowingly having information that if carried out successfully, would be enough to result in the commission of the offense of abduction. Attempted abduction in Ohio is a serious criminal offense that is not treated lightly in a court of law. You will face severe penalties if you are convicted and a number of other life-altering consequences.
- Unlawful Restraint — Unlawful restraint is defined as knowingly restraining another person against their will, with or without being motivated by sexual intentions. Unlawful restraint is considered a third degree misdemeanor. If convicted, you will face very serious penalties including up to 60 days in jail and up to $500 in fines.