Kidnapping is considered a violent crime in Ohio and can result in serious consequences for the accused. If you have been charged, then our team at Patituce & Associates invites you to contact our firm today. Our Toledo criminal defense lawyers—led by three former prosecutors—have won thousands of criminal cases and are ready to protect your rights and interests from the state’s allegations against you. Call our offices at (419) 597-5849 to speak with a Toledo kidnapping and human trafficking attorney.
What Are The Different “Kidnapping” Charges in Ohio?
Kidnapping is considered a felony in Ohio. If the victim is released unharmed, the perpetrators can be charged with a second-degree felony (with a maximum prison time of eight years). If harm has come to the victim, the crime can be charged as a first-degree felony.
Kidnapping has traditionally been associated with trying to collect a ransom, but in recent years, new laws have also been passed to confront similar but distinctly different criminal acts. If you have been charged with any of these crimes, then we urge you to contact our firm immediately to speak with our team of Toledo criminal defense attorneys.
Other kidnapping-related charges include:
- Abduction Charges (O.R.C. 2905.02) – when it is believed that the kidnapped victim is held in a way that causes harm to them or is forced into servitude.
- Unlawful Restraint (O.R.C. 2905.03) – when it is believed that the accused engaged in conduct that restrained the victim from their liberty.
- Human Trafficking (O.R.C. 2905.32) – when it is believed that the accused is forced against their will into an illicit economy that often includes servitude and sexual crimes.
- Unlawful Conduct with Respect to Documents (O.R.C. 2905.33) – when it is believed that the accused destroyed a victim’s ID, passport, visa, or other critical documentation, often related to human trafficking charges.
If you or a loved one have been accused of any of these crimes, then the time to seek legal representation is now. Contact our proven team of legal professionals to start mounting a thorough and effective defense today.
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