Kidnapping is considered an extremely serious offense in Ohio, one that provides for steep penalties for individuals when they are convicted. It is strongly advised that you contact a Columbus criminal defense lawyer immediately if you have been arrested for kidnapping. With the assistance of a knowledgeable attorney, a compelling case can be developed to aid you in your fight to exonerate you of the charges. This type of crime is vigorously investigated by law enforcement and will require the expertise of a legal advocate who has the resources to fully investigate the facts of your criminal accusation.
According to an Ohio statute, kidnapping is defined as "restraining the liberty of another person." While this definition has the potential to create double jeopardy in certain criminal convictions, as rape, robbery, or assault could all be described in a similar manner, there is an additional statute that prohibits multiple convictions for the same conduct. This effectively erases the double jeopardy risk in Ohio kidnapping cases. Kidnapping is considered a first-degree felony, unless the victim is returned unharmed in a safe place, in which case it becomes a second-degree felony. Penalties for this crime can include significant jail or prison sentences, and possibly even capital punishment if an aggravating factor (such as the death of the victim) is involved.
The Meranda Law Firm LTD is a criminal defense firm with substantial experience in assisting individuals in criminal cases. We have provided representation to clients in cases ranging from kidnapping to assault, and we have fought diligently to obtain favorable results in each and every case. If you have been arrested and charged with kidnapping, contact our offices immediately so that we may begin to build a defense strategy than can help you fight your kidnapping charges.
Contact a Columbus criminal attorney for skilled and dedicated legal defense in your kidnapping case.