Kidnapping is one of the more serious crimes a person can be convicted of. It's defined as any form of forcible abduction or confinement against a person's will. There are several degrees of severity to this crime. Many states separate each degree by the level of severity associated with the crime often referred to as first-degree kidnapping and second-degree kidnapping. If charged you ned an experienced Rhode Island kidnapping defense attorney right away.
Kidnapping Defense - First-Degree Kidnapping
First-degree kidnapping is also known as assault kidnapping. This degree is assigned when violence or sexual assault is inflicted upon the victim. If convicted, it will be charged as a Category A felony if the person kidnapped is at all harmed in any way during the kidnapping, while being held or while trying to escape. This includes any physical or mental harm that may occur.
Kidnapping Defense - Second-Degree Kidnapping
Second-degree kidnapping is defined as a kidnapping crime which does not inflict any violence or physical harm onto the victim. If convicted, it will be charged as a Category B felony. The penalties of these charges vary from state to state and carry heavier sentencing with specific cases.
Childsnatching is defined as any person who intentionally removes or detain any child under the age of eighteen with intent to deny the parent right of custody. Penalties for childsnatching include imprisonment of not more than two years and a fine of no more than $10,000.
Kidnapping Defense - Rhode Island Penalties for Kidnapping
After being convicted of kidnapping the penalties range from each degree of the crime to the next. The state of Rhode Island issues very serious penalties for this crime. Kidnapping which involves minors as victims and imposing injuries on victims carries heavier sentencing than those which do not. Imprisonment, fines and probation are all factors in the sentencing of kidnap cases. First-degree kidnapping usually carries a sentence of imprisonment for twenty years or more. Fines are often attached to imprisonment sentences and can be placed at upwards of $50,000.00 or more. Probation penalties of ten years or more are often associated with this crime as well.
§ 11-26-1 Kidnapping. – (a) Whoever, without lawful authority, forcibly or secretly confines or imprisons another person within this state against his or her will, or forcibly carries or sends another person out of this state, or forcibly seizes or confines or inveigles or kidnaps another person... shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than twenty (20) years.
-Rhode Island Penalties
Kidnapping With Intent To Extort
In the State of Rhode Island, kidnapping with the intent to exploit the victim for money, or any other valuable thing carries the most severe penalties. Upon conviction, you will be charged with a felony and punished with by imprisonment serving a sentence anywhere from five years to life.
If you have you been charged with kidnapping in Rhode Island contact Rhode Island Kidnapping Defense Attorney Chad Bank to defend your case. Attorney Bank has mounted a successful career in Rhode Island criminal defense and will use his experience to represent your best interest. Call Criminal Defense Attorney Bank today to schedule your consultation today at 401-229-5088.