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Kidnapping in Michigan

By Law Offices of Freedman & Freedman  Oct. 16, 2010 9:40a

Kidnapping is considered a serious criminal offense and carries harsh penalties. According to Michigan state law, an individual has committed kidnapping if he or she has knowingly restrained another person with the intention to do any of the following actions:

  • Restrain that person and hold them for ransom or reward
  • Hold the individual for reasons of involuntary servitude (slavery)
  • Take the person out of the state of Michigan
  • Use the victim as a shield or hostage
  • Engage in criminal sexual contract or penetration with the person

Kidnapping involves the forcible seizure, confinement, and kidnapping of a person done intentionally and without legal right. This can include the kidnapping of a child, teen or adult. If a non-custodial parent takes his or her child away from the parent who has legal custody without permission, he can be charged with kidnapping even if the child goes willingly and with consent.

Penalties for Kidnapping

In the state of Michigan kidnapping is a felony offense and is punishable by imprisonment for life or any number of years sentenced by the courts. It can also include monetary fines of not more than 50,000.00 or both. Penalties will be harsher if injury or sexual assault was involved in the crime.

Seek Legal Representation

If you or someone you care about has been charged with kidnapping in Michigan, you need to contact a Michigan kidnapping defense attorney as soon as possible to defend your rights. False accusations can sometimes enter the picture when it comes to child custody issues and a kidnapping conviction can affect your ability to see your child. At the Law Offices of Freedman & Freedman, we are experienced criminal defense attorneys, including defending individuals accused of kidnapping. We represent clients in Warren, Ferndale, Troy, Sterling Heights, Rochester Hills, Farmington Hills and the surrounding areas in Oakland and Wayne Counties.

We are a husband and wife team with dedication, focus and an aggressive approach to achieve success in each of our cases. With our experience in the field of criminal defense, we can help you navigate through the stress involved with being charged with a crime and give you direction so as to increase your chances of avoiding a conviction. We realize that personal freedom is precious and not something you want to lose.

Contact a Michigan Kidnapping Defense Attorney in our office today for a free consultation.

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