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Kidnapping is an extremely serious crime that involves taking someone away against their will and holding them captive. While most kidnapping cases are prosecuted under state laws, kidnapping can also be charged as a federal crime under certain circumstances.
The main federal kidnapping statute is 18 U.S.C. § 1201. This law defines kidnapping as unlawfully seizing, confining, kidnapping, abducting or carrying away someone and holding them for ransom, reward or otherwise.
Some key things to know about federal kidnapping charges:
Kidnapping typically falls under state jurisdiction. However, federal charges may apply in cases where:
In addition to 18 U.S.C. § 1201, there are other federal laws related to kidnapping:
Federal kidnapping charges carry severe penalties:
When determining sentences, courts consider factors like:
While the penalties are severe, experienced criminal defense attorneys may be able to fight federal kidnapping charges by arguing:
Being accused of kidnapping is an extremely serious matter that can lead to decades in prison. It is critical to consult with a federal criminal defense lawyer immediately if you or a loved one are under investigation for kidnapping.
An experienced attorney can carefully examine the evidence and determine if federal charges apply or if the case should stay at the state level. They can also advise you on the viability of any defenses and start negotiating with prosecutors for a favorable plea bargain or reduced charges.
With skilled legal help, some federal kidnapping defendants are able to get charges dismissed or lowered, avoid mandatory minimums, or receive lighter sentences like house arrest or probation. But outcomes are very case specific, so do not delay in speaking to a lawyer if facing these allegations.
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