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Under Washington law, kidnapping is defined as taking a person from one place to another against a person’s will or without consent, and/or confining an individual or individuals to a controlled space. While kidnapping may seem cut and dry, there are actually many instances in which kidnapping can be charged, including:
- Two young lovers running away together
- A parent who does not have legal custody taking their child
- Dispute between a custodial parent and non-custodial parent
Even though kidnapping can be charged in a variety of situations that may not seem significant, the penalties for kidnapping are serious. Heavy fines, incarceration in state prison and a permanent criminal record are just a few of the consequences someone convicted of kidnapping may have to face. Don’t let a kidnapping charge ruin your life. If you have been charged with kidnapping, you need to consult with an experienced, professional criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to protect your freedom, your rights and keep your record clear. Greene & Lloyd, PLLC have had numerous successes in defending kidnapping cases similar to yours and will advocate for you in court.
Possible Defense Strategies Against Kidnapping Charges
- No kidnapping actually took place
- The person being moved gave consent to be moved
- There is not enough evidence to prove that the kidnapping took place or that you were the kidnapper
- The evidence against you is inadmissible in court
Greene & Lloyd, PLLC will help you construct a concrete defense that can help get the charges against you dismissed or reduced. Call today to schedule an appointment for a consultation. We are available to assist you.