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Washington Kidnapping Charges

Federal and state law defines kidnapping as the taking of a person from one place to another against their will, or confining a person to a controlled space against their will.  Family members, friends, and spouses can all be charged with kidnapping, even if they know the person; in order to be charged for kidnapping the person simply has to be held against their will.  Kidnapping perpetrated by a family member occurs more often than any other type of kidnapping.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation estimates that 200,000 minors are kidnapped every year by a family member.  An act can be considered kidnapping for legal purposes if the purpose of the act is to:

  • Hold an individual for ransom, reward, or any other act to be performed in order to be released.
  • Use an individual as a hostage or shield.
  • Interfere with performance of any governmental or political function.
  • Facilitate the commission of any felony or flight thereafter.
  • Inflict physical injury on a victim or terrorize a victim.

Another major area of kidnapping law makes it illegal for a parent without legal custody rights to take a child.  State, Federal and International laws protect the rights of parents whose children have been taken unlawfully by a non-custodial parent.  If you have been charged with kidnapping, even if you simply took your own child for a short visit, you will need representation from one of our experienced attorneys.  Your Seattle violent crimes lawyer will do a lot for your case and will take the necessary measures to improve your immediate situation. 

Seattle Kidnapping Defense Attorneys

Federal and state laws concerning kidnapping are complex and may be difficult to understand without the proper legal training.  Hiring an attorney who is qualified to handle this type of offense will take a large amount of stress and worry off of your shoulders.  You should speak with one of our violent crime lawyers as soon as possible to find out how you can be defended against kidnapping charges. 

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