Aggravated Kidnapping Lawyers in Texas

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What Is Kidnapping?

Kidnapping is the unlawful act of taking someone without their consent or the authority of the law. The unlawful taking may be done by fraud or force. The taking can be done with the intent of holding them for ransom, with the intent of maintaining possession of the person, or selling the person.

Is Kidnapping Defined the Same Way in Texas?

No. Texas defines the criminal charge of kidnapping as intentionally or knowingly abducting another individual. Abducting means to retrain an individual with the intent to stop them from freely moving around. Abducting can occur by:

Are Aggravated Kidnapping and Kidnapping the Same in Texas?

No, they are not the same criminal charge. Aggravated kidnapping occurs when a person knowingly or intentionally abducts an individual with the intent to:

Is Aggravating Kidnapping a First Degree Felony?

Generally yes. If found guilty of aggravated kidnapping in the first degree, the person may receive:

Can I Be Charged with a Felony in the Second Degree for Aggravated Kidnapping in Texas?

Yes. Texas allows an aggravated kidnapping charge to be downgraded when a person can prove they voluntarily released a victim in a safe place. It is up to the person to prove this by a preponderance of the evidence.

What Is the Punishment for Aggravated Kidnapping in the Second Degree?

Punishment for a person who is convicted of aggravated kidnapping in the second degree is two to 20 years in prison, $10,000 fine, or both.

Should I Talk to a Lawyer?

Aggravated kidnapping is a serious crime, and fighting such a serious crime is a difficult battle. If you are facing an aggravated kidnapping charge, you need to talk to a Texas criminal lawyer about fighting your aggravating kidnapping charge.

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Last Modified: 09-30-2016 01:15 PM PDT

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