A conviction for kidnapping in Illinois (720 ILCS 5/10-1) carries some of the harshest possible penalties in a court of law, which may include life imprisonment in the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC). The goal of the courts is to pass out severe punishments for those involved in such a crime. These types of crimes are equal to, if not greater than, murder and armed robbery. If you’ve been charged with kidnapping, you’ll need a knowledgeable and tenacious Chicago kidnapping defense lawyer on your side to help you with your trial.
A person commits the offense of kidnapping when he or she knowingly and secretly confines another against his or her will, by force or threat of imminent force carries another from one place to another with intent secretly to confine that other person against his or her will; or by deceit or enticement induces another to go from one place to another with intent secretly to confine that other person against his or her will.
Confinement of a child under the age of 13 years, or of a severely or profoundly intellectually disabled person, is against that child's or person's will within the meaning of this Section if that confinement is without the consent of that child's or person's parent or legal guardian. Kidnapping is a Class 2 felony.Aggravated Kidnapping
A person commits the offense of aggravated kidnaping when he or she commits kidnapping and:
- (1) kidnaps with the intent to obtain ransom from the person kidnaped or from any other person;
- (2) takes as his or her victim a child under the age
- (3) inflicts great bodily harm, other than by the discharge of a firearm, or commits another felony upon his or her victim;
- (4) wears a hood, robe, or mask or conceals his or her identity;
- (5) commits the offense of kidnaping while armed with a dangerous weapon, other than a firearm, as defined in Section 33A-1 of this Code;
- (6) commits the offense of kidnaping while armed with a firearm;
- (7) during the commission of the offense of kidnaping, personally discharges a firearm; or
- (8) during the commission of the offense of kidnaping, personally discharges a firearm that proximately causes great bodily harm, permanent disability, permanent disfigurement, or death to another person.
As used in this Section, "ransom" includes money, benefit, or other valuable thing or concession.
The offense of aggravated kidnapping is a Class X offense and is punishable from 6 to 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections and is non-probationable.
Technically, the definition of kidnapping according to the law has to do with the transport from one place to the next of a victim who has been taken through coercion or force, but there are instances of cases where the accused received a kidnapping conviction simply from the victim being detained against their will, even with no transport involved. In either case, being convicted of kidnapping will result in long prison sentences and losses of freedom. Kidnapping is frequently a charge used together with other charges, so consulting an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Chicago is of the utmost importance.
We have many years helping clients with kidnapping defense cases, and in that time, we’ve learned that the severity of these charges and any possible conviction and sentencing can be devastating for the lives of you and your family. When you’re represented by an experienced attorney from The Law Offices of David L. Freidberg, you be rest assured knowing that protecting your freedom is our number one priority. While kidnapping charges can lead to a feeling of hopelessness, we will pursue every available option available. We will be by your side through every step of the process.
The Chicago kidnapping lawyers at The Law Offices of David L. Freidberg are ready to defend you against kidnapping charges. To contact our kidnapping attorneys in Chicago IL for a free case evaluation, call 312-560-7100 today.