Criminal Defense Lawyer Defending Kidnapping Charges
§ 3-502. Kidnapping (a) Prohibited. — A person may not, by force or fraud, carry or cause a person to be carried in or outside the State with the intent to have the person carried or concealed in or outside the State.(b) Penalty. — A person who violates this section is guilty of the felony of kidnapping and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 30 years.
§ 3-503. Child kidnapping (a) Prohibited. (1) A person may not, without color of right: (i) forcibly abduct, take, or carry away a child under the age of 12 years from: 1. the home or usual place of abode of the child; or 2. the custody and control of the child’s parent or legal guardian; (ii) without the consent of the child’s parent or legal guardian, persuade or entice a child under the age of 12 years from: 1. the child’s home or usual place of abode; or 2. the custody and control of the child’s parent or legal guardian; or (iii) with the intent of depriving the child’s parent or legal guardian, or any person lawfully possessing the child, of the custody, care, and control of the child, knowingly secrete or harbor a child under the age of 12 years. (2) In addition to the prohibitions provided under paragraph (1) of this subsection, a person may not, by force or fraud, kidnap, steal, take, or carry away a child under the age of 16 years.(b) Penalty. (1) A person who violates subsection (a)(1) of this section is guilty of a felony and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 20 years. (2) (i) Except as provided under subparagraph (ii) of this paragraph, a person, other than a parent of the child, who violates subsection (a)(2) of this section is guilty of a felony and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 30 years. (ii) 1. If a person convicted under subsection (a)(2) of this section is convicted in the same proceeding of rape or a first degree sexual offense under Subtitle 3 of this title, the person is guilty of a felony and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding life without the possibility of parole. 2. If the State intends to seek a sentence of imprisonment for life without the possibility of parole under sub-subparagraph 1 of this subparagraph, the State shall notify the person in writing of the State’s intent at least 30 days before trial.
As the laws above show, Kidnapping is a very serious criminal offense, and if you are convicted of this crime, you could get a lengthy prison sentence. There are several different levels of kidnapping charges, and depending on the circumstances surrounding the case, it could even be a federal offense that is tried in the federal court system. If you or a loved one has been charged with this crime, it is absolutely critical that you contact a Maryland criminal defense lawyer without delay. At the Law Offices of John Adams we will aggressively take over your case and fight for you. It is vital that your criminal defense lawyer be exemplary and experienced in the criminal justice system.
Kidnapping Defense Lawyer in Maryland
Kidnapping may consist of merely holding a person against their will, such as a lover trying to talk the person into not breaking up or otherwise to reconcile. Or in the other extreme, it may involve holding a person for ransom.
Where a biological parent or adoptive parent took the child away from the other parent without permission, this also may be prosecuted as a kidnapping. There is a special statute for this act called “The Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act”. If the child is taken out of the state or out of the country, the seriousness of the crime is considered more severe and the penalties will reflect that. If a kidnapping is for ransom, or if the individual kidnapped was injured or died, the penalty will include life in prison without the possibility of parole.
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These are very serious charges and will be treated as such by the prosecutor on the case as well as the judge. State prosecutors are highly dedicated and talented in the courtroom. With the backup of law enforcement, every effort will be made to convict the person charged. With these odds, it is vital that you have a criminal defense attorney that is equally talented and resourceful who will aggressively fight for your defense.
Call Kidnapping Defense Attorney, former prosecutor, John Adams, for a superior criminal defense lawyer to fight for you