Kidnapping Attorney in Columbus
Defending Clients Accused of Kidnapping & Abduction
Kidnapping is considered an extremely serious offense in Ohio that can result in steep penalties for the convicted individual. 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. 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.
Definition of Kidnapping in Ohio
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.
Acts that can be considered kidnapping in Ohio:
- Holding a person hostage or for ransom
- Involuntary servitude
- Abducting a child
- Tying somebody up and not letting them leave
- Forcing someone to get into a car against their will
Penalties for Kidnapping
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.
Why Hire a Columbus Kidnapping Lawyer?
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.
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What should I do if my child was arrested?No parent wants their child to have to go through an ordeal like being arrested. When these situations do occur, it can be difficult to determine what the best course of action would be. The juvenile justice system is different from the adult justice system and so it is important that you have a legal representative who understands the juvenile system and can help you get through this time. Whether your child has been accused of DUI, a drug crime, a misdemeanor, or a felony, you will be able to have peace of mind knowing that we are there helping you every step of the way.
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How do I appeal my conviction?What should you do if you have already been convicted of a crime and have received your sentence? If you believe that justice was not served, your first step should be to contact our firm to see if we could help you appeal your case. Not every attorney takes on appeal cases they can be more complex and time-consuming than other cases. At The Meranda Law Firm LTD, however, we are committed to fighting for the rights of our clients, no matter how difficult the case. If you want us to look over your case, please contact our team as soon as possible.