If you’re charged with kidnapping in the state of Illinois, you could end up behind bars for several years – so here’s what you need to know about this offense and what the possible penalties are. But first, you need to know that you have the right to legal representation, no matter what the state has accused you of doing. You may benefit from speaking with a Chicago criminal defense attorney who can evaluate every aspect of your case to help you get the best possible outcome.
What if You’re Charged With Kidnapping in Illinois?
Kidnapping falls under the umbrella of violent crimes in Illinois. The crime itself is generally a Class 2 felony, and it involves:
- Knowingly and secretly confining another person against their will, by force or threat of imminent force
- Carries (moves) someone from one place to another with the secret intent of confining that person against their will
- By deceit or enticement, inducing another person to go from one place to another with secret intent to confine them against their will
A Class 2 felony is punishable by 3 to 7 years in prison.
What About Aggravated Kidnapping in Illinois?
Aggravated kidnapping occurs when a person commits the crime of kidnapping and:
- Intends to get a ransom from the kidnapped person or anyone else
- Takes a child as the victim
- Inflicts great bodily harm or commits another felony upon the victim
- Wears a hood, robe or mask, or otherwise conceals their identity
- Is armed with a dangerous weapon (which can be a firearm or something else)
- Personally discharges a firearm, whether or not anyone is hurt
Aggravated kidnapping is a Class X felony and carries a penalty of 6 to 30 years in prison.
What Should You Do if You’re Accused of Kidnapping?
It’s always in your best interest to remain silent when police question you. You should not answer any questions until you’ve spoken with an attorney, even if you’re innocent. The police can use anything you say against you in court, so be quiet and wait for legal guidance.
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