Lawyers For Kidnapping Charges In Colorado
Kidnapping charges in Colorado are serious allegations and knowing the best way to combat them is vital. This charge is frequently thrown in as an additional allegation to raise the stakes in a lesser crime. Kidnapping is a serious felony that can result in four years to life in prison if convicted. It is charged as either a Class 1, Class 2 or Class 4 felony (C.R.S. 18-3-301, C.R.S. 18-3-302). Class 1 felonies are the most serious in Colorado. If you or a loved one has been accused of kidnapping, exercise your right to remain silent and contact an experienced full-time Colorado criminal defense lawyer immediately.
The heart of a kidnapping case involves forcibly carrying or moving a person from one place to another. “Forcibly” means without the person’s consent. In a recent case, one of our clients was accused of kidnapping for allegedly carrying his girlfriend from the living room to the bedroom. A conviction of kidnapping does not require moving someone a “substantial” distance. A matter of a few feet can be enough to support kidnapping charges against a defendant. During the robbery or burglary of a house, if the defendant kindly requests the occupants to move to another room, he or she might also be charged with kidnapping.
Don’t hesitate, don’t talk to the police. Contact O'Malley and Sawyer, LLC, at 303-731-0719.
A grandmother taking her grandchildren to Disneyland without letting a parent know could be charged with kidnapping. Even though her intentions were pure, the courts see otherwise. Misunderstandings like driving a car and not realizing there are noncustodial children in the back seat can escalate into serious accusations of kidnapping. Carrying your girlfriend to another room to talk with her can support a Colorado kidnapping charge in Douglas, Arapahoe, Adams, Denver and Jefferson counties.
We will defend you against allegations of kidnapping. In a kidnapping case, the prosecution must prove these essentials of kidnapping.
- There must be willfulness or intent to do the crime.
- The act must be done without lawful authority.
- There must be seizing or imprisoning.
- The act must be done against the victim’s will, by means of force or otherwise.
With the serious nature of Colorado Kidnapping charges, it is essential that you be smart, exercise your right to remain silent and call us immediately at 303-731-0719. Together, we can protect your future.