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Columbus Kidnapping Lawyers

To be charged with kidnapping, you must have allegedly used force, threat or deception (or any other means, if it was a person who’s mentally incompetent or under 13) to take someone away or imprison them somewhere, for any of the following reasons:

  • To hold ransom, or as a shield or hostage
  • To help commit a felony or escape after committing a felony
  • To terrorize or inflict serious physical harm on the victim or someone else
  • To do any sexual activity with the victim against their will
  • To interfere with a function of government, or to force any action or concession on a governmental official’s behalf
  • To hold someone as your involuntary servant
  • For any reason, and there was a substantial risk of serious physical harm to the victim

Depending on the severity of the allegations, kidnapping charges can range from a second degree felony, punishable by up to 8 years in prison to a first degree felony punishable by up life in prison.

If you are convicted of kidnapping, additional potential issues include:

  • Maintaining your current employment
  • Licensure issues in some professions
  • Difficulty getting a good job in the future
  • Difficulty and possible denial in immigration and naturalization proceedings

Simply put, if you are convicted of kidnapping, it will be on your criminal background for the rest of your life. No matter what the circumstances were in your case, you run the risk of being considered someone who forcibly took someone against their will. Therefore, it is critical that you give your kidnapping charge the level of importance it deserves.

The Columbus kidnapping lawyers with LHA implements an aggressive and comprehensive approach when representing clients charged with kidnapping. 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.

How the Columbus Kidnapping Lawyers with LHA Can Protect You in Court

For nearly ten years, the Columbus kidnapping lawyers with LHA have 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.

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If you’ve been charged with kidnapping, 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 criminal defense attorney to fight for you in court, please contact us at or via email at advice@columbuscriminalattorney.com.

This is a felony of the first degree and carries the following penalties:
  • A prison term of three to 11 years
  • A fine of $10,000 to $20,000
This is a felony of the second degree and carries the following penalties:
  • A prison term of two to eight years
  • A fine of $7,500 to $15,000
This is a felony of the first degree and carries the following penalties:
  • A prison term of five to 10 years
  • A fine of $10,000 to $20,000
  • Restitution to the victim for their housing, counseling and medical and legal assistance along with whichever of the following is more:
    • The gross income or value to the offender of the victim’s labor or services
    • The value of the victim’s labor if they were paid minimum wage
This is a felony of the second degree and carries the following penalties:
  • A prison term of three to eight years
  • A fine of $7,500 to $15,000
  • Restitution to the victim for their housing, counseling and medical and legal assistance along with whichever of the following is more:
    • The gross income or value to the offender of the victim’s labor or services
    • The value of the victim’s labor if they were paid minimum wage
This is a felony of the first degree and carries the following penalties:
  • A prison term of 15 years to life
  • A fine of $10,000 to $20,000
  • Required registration as a sex offender every 90 days; community notification of sex offender status
This is a felony of the first degree and carries the following penalties:
  • A prison term of 10 years to life
  • A fine of $10,000 to $20,000
  • Required registration as a sex offender every 90 days; community notification of sex offender status
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Luftman, Heck & Associates LLP
580 E Rich St Fl 2
Columbus, OH 43215-5335
advice@columbuscriminalattorney.com

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