Kidnapping Defense Attorneys
Kidnapping and aggravated kidnapping are serious felonies that carry the potential for long terms of imprisonment under Illinois law. If you have been charged with a kidnapping offense or if you have become the target of a kidnapping investigation, it is critical that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to protect your rights.
At Acosta Law Group, we know how to raise a strong defense to kidnapping charges. We understand that the statutory definition of kidnapping is strictly construed and can lead to harsh results, so we work diligently to raise the vigorous defense our clients require. Whether you are facing charges or an investigation for kidnapping, aggravated kidnapping or a related offense, contact us today for help. We have two Chicago office locations and an office in Berwyn, Illinois.
Kidnapping Charges in Illinois
A person is guilty of kidnapping under Illinois law if he or she knowingly confines an individual and moves the individual by force or threat of imminent force, or by deceit or enticement, to another location with the intent to secretly confine the individual against his or her will. If a child under age 13 is moved, confinement is against his or her will absent parental approval. [720 ILS 5/10-1] Kidnapping is a class 2 felony, punishable by three to seven years in prison.
Kidnapping accompanied by certain types of criminal intent or criminal conduct may give rise to a charge of aggravated kidnapping. Examples of aggravated kidnapping include kidnapping for ransom, kidnapping of a child under 13, kidnapping causing great bodily harm to the victim, kidnapping and commission of any felony upon the victim and kidnapping with the use of a firearm. [720 ILS 5/10-2] Aggravated kidnapping is generally a class X felony, punishable by six to 30 years in prison. Enhanced penalties apply for kidnapping with the use of a firearm and kidnapping with the discharge of a firearm causing great bodily harm to another person. [720 ILS 5/10-2(b)]
Get the Vigorous Defense You Need
We are committed to aggressively defending each client we serve. If you have been charged with kidnapping or aggravated kidnapping, we will hold the prosecution to its burden of proof. Illinois kidnapping laws are highly technical, so it is critical that you have a knowledgeable defense attorney in your corner. We have more than 40 years of experience and are prepared to provide the sound guidance and vigorous defense you require.
If it is in your best interests to fight your charges at trial, we will be thoroughly prepared to do so, with an understanding of the facts of your case and the law relevant to your particular charges. By preparing meticulously for trial, we will also enhance your opportunity for a favorable plea agreement, should you determine that you do not wish to fight your charges at trial. We have a strong record of results in complex criminal cases, which is a testament to our hard work, determined resolve and skilled advocacy.
We help people and families with violent crimes and charges including all serious crimes such as murder and manslaughter.
Contact Our KidnappingDefense Attorneys
To schedule a free consultation with a kidnapping defense lawyer at one of our local offices, call (773) 521-3300, (708) 788-9900 or contact us by e-mail.