The stereotypical image of kidnapping normally depicts a vision of terror: perhaps someone with a gun, blindfolding a victim and forcefully removing the victim to a hidden location. In reality, however, many people are charged and convicted of kidnapping under less drastic circumstances, including preventing someone from leaving a room or restraining a child's movements in a swimming pool, for example.
What Are The Elements Of Kidnapping Charges?
Tennessee law says that kidnapping has occurred when someone "knowingly removes or confines another (person) unlawfully so as to interfere substantially with the other's liberty." In fact, the definition is the same as that of false imprisonment, with the additional factor that kidnapping has been committed "under circumstances exposing the other person to substantial risk of bodily injury."
Kidnapping does not have to involve transporting a victim. Criminal charges often come about in connection with domestic violence charges. Allegations of serious bodily harm or the use of a deadly weapon may lead to charges of aggravated kidnapping or "especially aggravated" kidnapping.
As in the case of any criminal defense matter, the secret to a successful defense lies in an examination of all elements of the charges. Nashville kidnapping defense lawyer Rob McKinney represents people accused of a wide range of criminal offenses, including false imprisonment and every variety of kidnapping. He is prepared to advocate zealously on your behalf.
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Is a prosecutor ignoring your constitutional rights? The consequences of conviction on a charge of stalking, kidnapping or false imprisonment may have lifelong repercussions. For more information or to schedule an appointment with an attorney experienced in defending clients against allegations of kidnapping, call 615-686-2115 or contact us through this website.