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An Explanation of the Crime of Kidnapping

Kidnapping is one of the most heavily prosecuted crimes in the entirety of the Nevada legal system. Similar to murder charges, there are both first-degree and second-degree kidnapping charges, and the most serious of which can potentially lead to life imprisonment. In addition to the harsh legal penalties, you could face additional consequences, including a permanent criminal record that will likely hinder your ability to pursue employment.

Because of the serious nature of kidnapping charges, you should not hesitate to retain the services of a Reno criminal defense attorney to help you with your case. At the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Stover, we are fully prepared to go to whatever length we need to in order to protect you and your rights while in court. We have extensive experience navigating the complex and in many cases overwhelming legal system, and we can provide you with the confidence that your case is being handled with the utmost professionalism by a qualified 20-year veteran of the criminal justice system.

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Nevada Kidnapping Laws Explained

Nevada’s kidnapping laws are found in Nevada Revised Statutes 200.310 through 200.359 and break down the charges based on the circumstances of the crime. As stated previously, kidnapping has two different degrees, however sentences can be changed based on aggravating or mitigating factors.

  • Penalties for the felony crime of kidnapping can include:
  • Large jail sentences
  • Hefty fines
  • Parole
  • Permanent criminal record

In short, kidnapping occurs when someone willfully detains, abducts, carries away, confines, or seizes another individual with the intent of holding them for ransom, committing sexual assault, robbing them, killing or substantially harming them, or extorting them or their family, friends, or relatives.

If no bodily harm occurs during the kidnapping, then the charge is considered second-degree kidnapping, a Class B felony. If bodily harm occurs during the kidnapping, or the perpetrator harms the victim after abducting them, the crime becomes first-degree kidnapping, a Class A felony. You can also be charged with a Class D felony for kidnapping your own child or a child you have custody rights over visitation rights.

If you are facing kidnapping charges, contact the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Stover online now!