Kidnapping is a serious offense that is harshly considered by the legal system. Those accused, right or wrong, will have a tough case before them to prove their innocence. No case is identical and the charges can be considered a misdemeanor or a felony in more serious occurrences. Kidnapping can occur when a stranger forces someone to come with them or can even be involved in domestic relationships such as a parent taking their child away from the other parent. Regardless of the circumstances, each case can carry a heavy punishment and is considered a criminal charge. In the state of Maryland kidnapping is considered administering force as well as fraud in efforts to conceal or hold a person against their consent either in the state as well as outside. It involves going against the freedom and wishes of the individual while restraining them through various means to be able to leave. This can include physical restraints such as handcuffs or can even be the threat of harm to them or another individual if they attempt to get free.
It is a direct violation against the freedom of the person, going against their will and prohibiting them from leaving. Through kidnapping the person is transported to another location than where they were originally captured. Taking a person out of the state that they were kidnapped in can lead to a more severe sentencing. Those charged for kidnapping may face a felony, punishable by up to 30 years behind bars. This is in addition to the other penalties such as fines they may be slapped with the justice system. Those convicted are may also be placed under probation, requiring them to adhere to a number of restrictions for a length of time decided up on by a judge.
New advances have been made in a kidnapping case from back in 1985. A suspect was finally indicted for the crime against a 22 year old woman who was making a deposit at an ATM when she was forced at gunpoint back to her job. She was then robbed, sexually assaulted and driven to another location, where she was left in the trunk to be discovered by an officer on patrol later. While no one was charged at the time of the incident for the crime, DNA was collected and recently resubmitted by investigators given them a positive matchup with an individual already currently in jail for other charges. When charged for kidnapping or other crimes, you need reliable service from a hard hitting attorney who will defend you during the negotiation process as well as court room proceedings.