Consequences of a Kidnapping Conviction

Kidnapping, also known as abduction, is the crime of taking a person hostage through force or fraud and holding them against their will. In many cases, kidnapping is also associated with ransom demands. Under Texas law, kidnapping charges fall into three different categories, all with potentially harsh consequences.

If you have been charged with the kidnapping of another person, you will need an aggressive Dallas criminal attorney helping defend you every step of the way. Contact the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter at 214-845-7007 for a free consultation to learn more about how to proceed in your kidnapping defense.

Penalties Associated with Kidnapping

In Texas, kidnapping is a third-, second-, or first-degree felony offense that increases in severity depending on the nature of the kidnapping and any combined crimes. If convicted, the consequences of abduction of another person can include:

  • Jail time of two years to a life sentence
  • Fines up to $10,000
  • Listing on the National Sex Offender Registry

Kidnapping charges and penalties can be escalated if bribery, extortion, or ransoming is also involved. Additionally, if a kidnapper crosses state lines with the hostage, the crime becomes a federal offense since it falls under the jurisdiction of more than one state.

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If you are facing kidnapping charges, you will need an experienced Dallas criminal lawyer on your side to protect your rights. Contact the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter at 214-845-7007 today to speak with a Dallas criminal defense attorney who will work hard to protect you and your freedoms.


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