Kidnapping Charges in Dallas
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Kidnapping is defined as an act wherein a person intentionally or knowingly abducts another person. This offense most commonly occurs with children. Oftentimes when a couple is separating or divorcing, child custody is a controversial matter and kidnapping of the children takes place. In Texas, there are kidnapping offenses along with aggravated kidnapping charges. If you are facing any type of kidnapping charges, it is imperative to retain the help of a Dallas criminal defense attorney from D'Amore Law Firm right away. In order for a kidnapping offense to be convicted as a higher aggravated kidnapping crime, the person must have had intentions to do any of the following acts:
- Keep the kidnapped victim for a reward or hold him / her for ransom
- Use the kidnapped victim as a hostage or shield
- Inflict bodily harm to the victim
- Sexually violate or abuse the victim
- Use the kidnapping as a way to interfere with a governmental or political function
- Use a deadly weapon during the kidnapping offense
Penalties for Kidnapping Charges in Texas
The penalties for kidnapping crimes vary depending on the unique offense. Kidnapping is most commonly charged as a third degree felony, which is punishable by a state prison sentence between two and 10 years along with a possible $10,000 fine. If the offense is an aggravated kidnapping crime it can be charged as a first degree felony. This conviction is punishable by a state prison sentence between five and 99 years (life in prison) and a possible fine of up to $10,000. Penalties can be reduced if the defendant releases the victim into a safe place. If there is proof of this type of release shown in trial, the offense can be charged as a second degree felony punishable by between two and 20 years in prison and a possible fine of up to $10,000.
The penalties for any type of kidnapping offense are strict, so retain the help of an experienced kidnapping lawyer from our firm and see how we may be able to help you. We have over 20 years of trial experience and are familiar with the kidnapping defense process.
How D'Amore Law Firm Can Help Fight Your Charges
There are several defenses that a skilled criminal lawyer from our firm can make on your behalf. The penalties are based on intent and if we can prove that you did not have the intentions that lead to an aggravated offense, you could receive a lighter penalty. Our attorneys are familiar with fighting against kidnapping charges and are ready to make any of the following defenses in your case:
- You did not have the intent to use deadly force in the kidnapping
- You were not aware that you were committing a kidnapping offense
- You were related to the victim
- You were only trying to assume lawful control of the victim
- You released the victim in a safe place
Some of the defenses can completely dismiss kidnapping charges while others may reduce the penalties. If you are facing any type of kidnapping charges contact D'Amore Law Firm right away. You are going to need the best criminal lawyer in Dallas after being arrested or charged for kidnapping. The Dallas criminal defense lawyers at our firm offer a free case evaluation so you are able to discuss your case at no cost to you. You are able meet one- on- one with a qualified attorney and ask questions about your options and the possible defenses that we can make on your behalf.
Call our firm today if you need skilled representation!