Kidnapping is a serious crime, but does it carry charges on a federal level? Atlanta Defense Attorney Richard Grossman explains what you need to know.
Kidnapping – a Federal Crime in Certain Situations
Generally-speaking, the State of Georgia handles cases of kidnapping. But there are much more serious federal charges in the following cases:
- A non-custodial parent takes their child out of the country while the child is still under the age of 16
- A kidnapped victim is taken across the state border
- The kidnapped person has international protection, such as if they’re a foreign official
- The kidnapped individual is a federal employee
- The kidnapping occurred on sea or in air (in United States maritime or aircraft jurisdiction)
Harsh Consequences for Kidnapping
Kidnapping is still a serious crime even at the state level and one the State of Georgia doesn’t treat lightly. This is especially true when kids are involved and put at risk.
Any amount of harm to a kidnapped victim, no matter how slight, under Georgia law construes the basis for a life sentence in prison or even the death sentence.
You can easily fall into a challenging situation since many kidnapping charges come up between close friends and family members. In all innocence, you may be trying to help a family member, pull a prank on a friend, or spend time with your children. But all it takes is one accusation to implicate your name in a kidnapping case.
Tread very carefully if you are facing kidnapping charges in Atlanta. You need a skilled criminal defense attorney on your side to ensure that your rights are protected.