The Ohio Revised Code defines kidnapping (O.R.C. 2905.01) as using threats, force, or deception to remove a person from the place where they were found, or restrain their liberty, for any of several specified purposes.
These include the following:
- Holding for ransom
- Facilitating a crime or flight from a crime
- Holding the victim in involuntary servitude
- Sexually assaulting the victim
Kidnapping is an extremely serious felony and penalties are severe. When a victim has been released unharmed in a safe place, the charge will be a second-degree felony, with a maximum of 8 years. In other circumstances, kidnapping is a first-degree felony with sentencing guidelines that can include life in prison.
The Cleveland kidnapping & trafficking crimes lawyers at Patituce & Associates protect our clients in Ohio when they’re facing the most serious charges. Call us today at 440-471-7784 for a free consultation with a violent crime defense lawyer!
Types of Kidnapping & Trafficking Charges in Ohio
Abduction Charges (O.R.C. 2905.02)
When a person knowingly removes another from the place where they were found using threats or force, or restrains their liberty in a way that creates a risk of harm to them, or holds another in a condition of involuntary servitude, they can be charged with abduction by Cleveland prosecutors.
Abduction penalties are heavy. It is a third-degree felony with a possible five years if convicted. However, some circumstances can upgrade it to a second-degree felony. When there is sexual motivation or involuntary servitude, you can face up to eight years.
Unlawful Restraint (O.R.C. 2905.03)
When you knowingly engage in conduct that restrains another person from their liberty, you can be charged with unlawful restraint by Cleveland prosecutors. While unlawful restraint is a misdemeanor of the third degree that carries a sentence of up to 60 days in jail if convicted, it is often charged as part of a larger indictment or as a lesser included charge in a kidnapping or abduction case.
Experienced legal help is a must.
Human Trafficking (O.R.C. 2905.32)
Human trafficking is an extremely serious offense in every jurisdiction in the United States-and strong laws are in place to punish those convicted of it. In Cleveland, prosecutors can charge under trafficking in persons in a variety of circumstances where victims are held against their will for any number of purposes.
This is a first-degree felony with definite sentencing, so you will face between 10 and 15 years in prison if convicted.
Unlawful Conduct With Respect to Documents (O.R.C. 2905.33)
Related to abduction, human trafficking, and other statutes, unlawful conduct with respect to documents is the charge that you took, held, or destroyed a person’s government-issued identification, passport, or other valid identifying paperwork, as part of furthering another criminal act like kidnapping or compelling prostitution.
On its own, this is a third-degree felony charge with up to five years in prison if you’re convicted.
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