The unlawful act of taking an individual without their consent either through fraud or force is called kidnapping. Washington State has separate categories for different types of kidnapping. This includes a law against parental kidnapping.
Parental kidnapping is the unlawful taking of a minor child without the consent of the other parent. The kidnapping may be carried out with either force or fraud.
Washington State defines a parental kidnapping as custodial interference in the first degree. It occurs when a child’s relative take, entices, retrains, detains, or conceals the child from their parent(s) or legal guardian. It also includes denying access to the minor. The accused also has to:
No. A relative that is not a parent can be accused of custodial interference in the first degree. Washington State considers a “relative” as:
The individual can also be a relative through a spouse, by adoption, or marriage.
This crime is a class C felony. It means, if convicted, the defendant can face up to five years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
Yes. Contact a Washington criminal lawyer to learn more about your rights and possible defenses.
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