The charge of kidnapping in Illinois (720 ILCS 5/10-1) can subject someone to quite possibly one of the strictest penalties possible in Chicago, which can even include life imprisonment in the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC). The Courts unfortunately pass severe punishments for those convicted of the crime of kidnapping. 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 zealous Chicago kidnapping defense lawyer with the experience to provide you with the best defense possible.
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:
- kidnaps with the intent to obtain ransom from the person kidnaped or from any other person;
- takes as his or her victim a child under the age
- inflicts great bodily harm, other than by the discharge of a firearm, or commits another felony upon his or her victim;
- wears a hood, robe, or mask or conceals his or her identity;
- commits the offense of kidnaping while armed with a dangerous weapon, other than a firearm, as defined in Section 33A-1 of this Code;
- commits the offense of kidnaping while armed with a firearm;
- during the commission of the offense of kidnaping, personally discharges a firearm; or
- 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.
Kidnapping is defined under the Statute as having to do with the transportation of someone from an originating location to another locale. Coercion and/or force are more often than not used to take a victim against his or her will from the original location. But transportation from one location to another is not the only way in which someone can be charged with kidnapping in Chicago. A victim may be simply detained against their will in their own home or other dwelling. If the victim cannot reasonable be expected to be located by friends, family or the police, this will be considered being secreted under the law. Often kidnapping is only one of many charges of which someone can be charged for arising out of one incident, and as such, you need to consult an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Chicago as soon as possible.
For over 20 years we have assisted numerous clients regarding kidnapping defense cases. We also understand that this can be a trying and devastating time for family and friends. You can be rest assured that when you retain The Law Offices of David L. Freidberg, you are a priority. We are fully aware that your freedom is at stake and providing a zealous defense 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 experienced Chicago kidnapping lawyers at The Law Offices of David L. Freidberg are here for your well being and assistance. Please do not hesitate to contact our kidnapping attorneys in Chicago for a free case evaluation, or call 312-560-7100 today. We are available 24 hours a day, every day, for your convenience.