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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
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.
free consultation today by calling the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Stover at (775) 502-1575.
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
- 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!