Worcester Kidnapping Attorneys
Criminal Defense Law Firm Serving Massachusetts
There are two types of kidnapping charges in Massachusetts, and both count as felonies and carry severe legal consequences. Your penalties depend on your past criminal history as well as the exact circumstances surrounding the kidnapping. If you are facing kidnapping charges in Massachusetts, the Worcester criminal defense lawyers at Murphy & Rudolf, LLP can passionately defend you in court.
What Constitutes Kidnapping?
Under Massachusetts law, kidnapping is defined as someone without legal and lawful authorization forcibly or secretly confining or imprisoning another person against his or her will. Furthermore, if anyone forcibly carries or sends another person out of this commonwealth, kidnapping charges will apply. Murphy & Rudolf, LLP provides experienced legal representation for clients facing kidnapping charges in Massachusetts.
If a person forcibly seizes, confines, inveigles, or kidnaps another person with intent to secretly confine or imprison the person in this commonwealth, the penalties may be severe. This also counts for kidnapping cases where the kidnapper holds the victims to service against their will. In addition, whoever kidnaps another person with the intent to extort money or other valuable things will face harsh punishments.
Penalties for kidnapping convictions may include:
- Jail sentence of no more than two years
Prison time ranging from ten years to a life sentence
Fines of no more than $1,000
Time in the house of correction for no more than two and a half years
The penalties range depending on the exact details of the situation. Kidnapping while using a firearm, rifle, shotgun, machine gun, or assault weapon carries no less than ten years in prison, and if the kidnapper intends to extort money or other valuable things, the penalty involves no less than 20 years in prison with the possibility of a life sentence. At Murphy & Rudolf, LLP, our Worcester criminal defense lawyers can investigate your case and represent you in court.
Thorough Investigation for Kidnapping Cases
Massachusetts law defines bodily injury as that which results in a permanent disfigurement, protracted loss, or impairment of a bodily function, limb, or organ, or a substantial risk of death. Whoever commits a kidnapping while armed with a dangerous weapon and inflicts serious bodily injury on another person faces a penalty of imprisonment in the state prison for no less than 25 years. This also applies to kidnappers who sexually assault their victims.
In Massachusetts, anyone who kidnaps a minor (in this case a child under the age of 16) will face a penalty of no less than 15 years in the state prison. At Murphy & Rudolf, LLP, our Worcester criminal defense lawyers know the value of examining evidence, hiring investigators, interviewing witnesses, and filing legally significant motions. We can walk you through the process and seek a beneficial outcome for your federal crime case.
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