Kidnapping and Abduction

Abduction and kidnapping are different terms for the same offense, they are not separate crimes. There are three basic categories of abduction.

The first is simple abduction which is the act of depriving a person of their personal freedom by moving them or preventing them from moving. This can be accomplished by force, threat of force, intimidation or other threats. This offense is a class five felony and carries a minimum of 1 year up to 10 years of prison time or up to 12 months in jail and a fine of up to $2,500, either or both.

The second form of abduction is abduction for profit. This involves taking someone and holding them for some type of monetary gain. This is a class two felony punishable by not less than 20 years and up to life imprisonment.

The third type of abduction is with the intent to defile or to abduct with the intent to place a person sixteen years or younger into prostitution. This is also a class two felony and in addition carries a 40 year suspended sentence for life beyond and active incarceration.

Most of the time if the third category applies there will be additional charges for the underlying sex offense such as rape, sodomy or other sexual offenses.

These are very difficult cases and involve a number of issues that are very fact specific. It is advisable to contact an attorney as soon as possible to evaluate your case and to determine what course of action you should take so as not to harm or further complicate your case.