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To be charged with abduction, you must have knowingly done any of the following:
Depending on the severity of the allegations, abduction charges can range from a third-degree felony, punishable by up to 36 months in prison to a second-degree felony punishable by up 8 years in prison.
If you are convicted of abduction, additional potential issues include:
The Columbus Criminal Defense team takes an aggressive and comprehensive approach when representing clients charged with abduction. First and foremost, we will figure out whether the charges are fabricated, what mistakes the police or detectives made during their investigation, whether your arrest was lawful and any other legal issues that can be raised on your behalf.
We do this by requesting discovery from the prosecutor and by conducting our own investigation. The discovery will generally consist of police reports, additional investigative notes, lab reports and potentially video or audio.
Our investigation will consist of going to the scene, interviewing all witnesses and potentially hiring a private detective or forensic expert for further investigation. As our client, you will receive a copy of everything received from the prosecutor and our investigation for your review.
Based on the legal weaknesses in the State of Ohio’s case and any other mitigating factors, we will negotiate the best possible plea available with the prosecutor for you to consider in resolving your case.
If your case cannot be resolved satisfactorily with a plea, it would then proceed to a motion hearing (a hearing where the judge issues a ruling on an evidentiary issue) or a trial to the judge or jury, depending on the circumstances.
For nearly ten years, the Columbus Criminal Defense team has successfully represented clients charged with criminal offenses from minor misdemeanors to first degree felonies. That extensive previous experience will enable us to better help you.
If you’ve been charged with abduction, it’s important to know what you’re up against. If you have any questions left unanswered by this page, or if you need a competent, experienced abduction defense attorney to fight for you in court, please contact us at or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.