Aggravated Kidnapping

Aggravated Kidnapping

If you or a loved one is charged or indicted for Aggravated Kidnapping you need an experienced criminal defense attorney to help you through the process. The legal team at Townsend | Gebhardt | Eppes has the experience to handle the most serious of criminal offenses.

In Texas a person commits aggravated kidnapping if he:

a)  Intentionally or knowingly abducts another person with intent to:

1) Hold him for ransom or reward;

2) Use him as a shield or hostage;

3) Facilitate the commission of a felony or the flight after the attempt or commission of a felony;

4) Inflict bodily injury on him or violate or abuse him sexually;

5) Terrorize him or a third person; or

6) Interfere with the performance of any governmental or political function.

b)  A person commits an offense if he intentionally or knowingly abducts another person and uses or exhibits a deadly weapon during the commission of the offense.

Texas Penal Code section 20.04

Under the Texas Penal Code section 20.01(2), abduct means to restrain a person with intent to prevent his liberation by secreting or holding him in a place where he is not likely to be found or using or threatening to use deadly force.

 

Under the Texas Penal Code section 20.01(1), restrain means to restrict a person’s movements without consent, so as to interfere substantially with the person’s liberty, by moving the person from one place to another or by confining the person.

 

Aggravated Kidnapping as described above is a felony of the first degree. If you are charged or indicted for Aggravated Kidnapping you are facing as low as five years and up to life in prison. In certain circumstances a person indicted for Aggravated Kidnapping is entitled to an instruction to a jury of probation in the punishment phase of a jury trial. The importance of having an experienced criminal defense attorney when facing life in prison is never greater. Contact the legal team at Townsend | Gebhardt | Eppes today.

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