Cincinnati Kidnapping & Abduction Lawyers
Kidnapping in Ohio is a very serious and complex criminal offense.
Kidnapping can be defined according to the Ohio Revised Code (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 any of the following purposes:
- To hold for ransom or as a shield or hostage;
- To facilitate the commission of any felony or flight thereafter;
- To terrorize, or to inflict serious physical harm on the victim of another;
- To engage in sexual activity , as defined in section 2907.01 of the Revised Code, with the victim against the victim’s will;
- To hinder, impede, or obstruct a function of government, or to force any action or concession on the part of the governmental authority;
- To hold in a condition of involuntary servitude.
Oftentimes kidnapping is perceived as a drastic, traumatic event such as taking someone’s child or loved one for money. However, it actually encompasses a far greater range of actions. Basically, once someone decides they do not want to go somewhere and are forced to against their will, it becomes a case of kidnapping. This could entail such things as locking someone inside of a room, taking a child away from their custodial parent or guardian or deceptively taking someone somewhere that is unbeknownst to them.
A kidnapping conviction in Ohio results in harsh, serious penalties that entail long prison sentences and fines. Kidnapping is typically charged as a first-degree felony which can result in a lifetime prison sentence and fines up to $20,000. However, if the victim is unharmed, it will be charged as a second-degree felony which results in an 8-year prison sentence and up to $15,000 in fines. If the kidnapping victim was taken across state lines, it becomes a federal crime and will be investigated by the FBI in addition to local and state law enforcement. A Cincinnati kidnapping lawyer such as Bradley Groene can make all the difference.
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