Colorado Springs Kidnapping and False Imprisonment Defense Attorneys
Kidnapping is generally divided into 2 major categories:
First Degree Kidnapping
First degree kidnapping is the most serious kidnapping charge in the state of Colorado. According to Colorado law, to be charged of first degree kidnapping, you have to seize another person by force and carry them from one place to another; or entice them to go from one place to another; or imprison them. In order to qualify for a first degree, these acts must be done with the intent of forcing another person to give up something of value. Value could be money, a house or any property.
First degree kidnapping is a class 1 felony if the person kidnapped was injured. If they are not harmed, it is a class 2 felony.
Second Degree Kidnapping
The main difference between first and second degree kidnapping is that second degree doesn’t mandate forcing someone to give something up that is valuable (car, house, money, etc). Second degree kidnapping occurs when someone intentionally moves a person from one place to another against that person’s will. This degree includes luring a child with the intent of keeping the child away from their legal guardian.
Second degree kidnapping is a class 2 felony only if the victim endures a sexual offense or robbery. Otherwise it is a class 3 felony (including kidnapping by use of a deadly weapon).
False imprisonment is less serious than a second degree kidnapping charge. It doesn’t involve the transfer of another person, but can simply exist if someone is held without their consent or proper legal authority. False imprisonment is a class 2 misdemeanor in most cases.
Kidnapping and false imprisonment are very serious charges, and if you are facing these accusations, it is imperative that you seek the legal help of an experienced attorney. We know the stakes are high and have extensive knowledge of the law combined with years of experience defending people facing such charges. To learn more about how we can help you, call 719-227-0230.