Portland Kidnapping Defense Lawyer | Maine Kidnapping Attorney
Kidnapping is a very serious criminal offense. It’s the act of one person restraining another and there being some kind of criminal intent behind the act. Maine Law Title 17-A, §301 defines the act as one person knowingly restraining another person with the intent to hold that person for ransom, use that person as a hostage or shield, inflict bodily injury on that person, terrorize a third person, commit another crime, or interfere with a political or government function. Kidnapping also involves exposing the victim to a risk of bodily harm or holding a person in a place where they aren’t likely to be found.
Kidnapping is a Class A felony. If a victim is released voluntarily without suffering any bodily injury, it is possible to reduce the charge to a Class B felony. Regardless of the charge, it is important to have an experienced Portland kidnapping defense lawyer providing solid representation.
Defense Against Kidnapping Charges
The Law Office of Richard Berne ensures that every client is provided with a thorough and competent criminal defense. It’s important to have an attorney fighting for a reduction in charges, dismissal, or acquittal because the future of the defendant depends on the best possible outcome.
Common situations that are classified as kidnapping include:
- Taking a person from their school, business, or home
- Moving a person a substantial distance from where they were taken
- Taking or destroying a passport, government identification, or immigration document
- Using a plan or scheme to influence the victim into providing services that could harm them, such as prostitution
Fighting Maine Kidnapping Penalties
The penalties for kidnapping in Maine are up to 30 years in prison, a fine up to $25,000 and probation. If this Class A offense is reduced to a Class B, the penalties are up to 10 years in prison, a fine up to $10,000, and probation.
It’s important to have an adequate and solid defense so you can secure the best result, whether that result is acquittal, dismissal, or a reduction of the charges. When you have Richard Berne representing you, you have an advocate who will fight for your future while protecting your rights.
Contact A Portland Kidnapping Defense Lawyer
Kidnapping is a very serious offense that can be charged at the state or federal level. If you or a loved one has been accused of kidnapping, it’s important to seek the representation of an experienced attorney. To learn more about how the Law Office of Richard Berne can help you, call 208-871-7770 to request a free consultation.