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Charlotte Kidnapping Defense Lawyers

Kidnapping charges can result from a number of actions by the accused. Kidnapping can be charged for the taking of and removing of someone against their will by force, violence or the threat of violence. Kidnapping can also result from confining or restraining someone against their will. No matter the manner in which the offense was committed, prosecutors at both the state and federal level treat the offense of kidnapping very seriously. If you face charges for kidnapping, it is important to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney before making any statements to anyone, specifically police.

You can't afford to wait to see what the prosecutor will do next. You need immediate criminal defense representation. Free consultation: 704-286-6942 or toll free at 800-565-1435.

At Randall & Stump, PLLC, we can help you understand your rights, the charges you face and potential defense strategies that may be available. Our criminal law attorneys have extensive experience handling crimes of violence, such as kidnapping, in both state and federal courts throughout North Carolina.

Kidnapping Charges in North Carolina

In North Carolina, there are six specific purposes for which the confinement, restraint or removal must be done. The six purposes are as follows:

1) Holding the person for ransom, as a hostage or as a shield; or

2) Using the person to facilitate a felony or facilitating flight following the commission of a felony; or

3) Doing serious bodily harm to or terrorizing the person; or

4) Holding the person in involuntary servitude; or

5) Trafficking the person with the intent they be held in involuntary or sexual servitude; or

6) Subjecting or maintaining the person for sexual servitude.

In North Carolina, there are also two different degrees or levels of kidnapping for charging and punishment purposes. In order for first degree kidnapping to be charged, the person was either not released in a safe place or the person had been injured or sexually assaulted during the alleged kidnapping. First degree kidnapping is considered to be a Class C felony. In order for second degree kidnapping to be charged, the person had to have been released in a safe place and was not seriously injured or sexually assaulted during the alleged kidnapping. Second degree kidnapping is considered to be a Class E felony.

It is important to hire a skilled and knowledgeable defense lawyer if you or a loved one is facing kidnapping charges. Whether you are under a pre-charge investigation or have already been charged with kidnapping, it is essential you hire an attorney with the skill and expertise to appropriately defend your case.

Contact our Mecklenburg County Kidnapping Defense Attorneys

If you face kidnapping charges in North Carolina, we are here to provide you with the skilled defense representation you need. Contact us today online or by telephone at 704-286-6942 or toll free at 800-565-1435 to set up a free initial consultation with a knowledgeable Charlotte kidnapping defense attorney.