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Kidnapping & False Imprisonment: Laws and Punishment

Kidnapping and False Imprisonment Laws

Most kidnapping cases are prosecuted on the state level. Federal authorities will typically get involved and file federal charges if the kidnapping crosses state lines.

Kidnapping is the taking or confining of any person, accomplished by force, threat or deception, with the intent to hold such person:

(1) For ransom, or as a shield or hostage;
(2) to facilitate flight or the commission of any crime;
(3) to inflict bodily injury or to terrorize the victim or another; or
(4) to interfere with the performance of any governmental or political function.

What is aggravated kidnapping?

(b) Aggravated kidnapping is kidnapping, as defined in subsection (a), when bodily harm is inflicted upon the person kidnapped.
(c) (1) Kidnapping is a severity level 3, person felony.
(2) Aggravated kidnapping is a severity level l, person felony.

Penalties for Kidnapping and False Imprisonment

A conviction for kidnapping carries a maximum prison term of 247 months or twenty (20) and a half years.

If the person kidnapped was harmed during the incident then the charge is aggravated kidnapping and the maximum prison term is 653 months or approximately 54 and half years per K.S.A. 21-3421.

Vincent Rivera specializes in Criminal Defense, Felony, Misdemeanor & Kidnapping charges.

Rivera Law, LLC represents clients in Johnson County and Wyandotte County, Kansas including cities of Olathe, Overland Park, Leavenworth and Douglas.