Kidnapping in Las Vegas, Nevada is a Felony. When people think of Kidnapping, they usually think of what they see in the movies, where the bad guy takes a child, then calls the parents for ransom. Under Nevada law that example certainly qualifies as Kidnapping, but what constitutes the criminal offense of Kidnapping is much more broad than that previously mentioned stereotypical example. The crime of Kidnapping is broken into separate degrees, it is charged as either First or Second degree, depending on the facts and circumstances of the case.
Nevada Revised Statute “NRS” 200.310 (1) defines First degree Kidnapping as any person who willfully seizes, confines, entices, decoys, abducts, conceals, kidnaps or carries away a person by any means with the intent to hold or detain for ransom or reward, or for the purpose of committing sexual assault, extortion from the person of their relatives or friends, robbery, or for the purpose of killing or inflicting substantial bodily harm on the person. Additionally, any person who leads, takes, entices, carries away or detains a minor with the intent to keep, imprison or confine from his or her parent, or commit any unlawful act towards the minor is guilty of first degree Kidnapping. The penalties for a First Degree Kidnapping conviction range from a 15 year definite term in prison with eligibility of parole after 5 years, to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Nevada Revised Statute “NRS” 200.310 (2) defines Second degree Kidnapping as any person who willfully seizes, takes, carries away or kidnaps a person with the intent to keep them secretly imprisoned within the state of Nevada, or for the purpose of taking the person out of the State, or in any manner in which the person is held against their will. If convicted of Second Degree Kidnapping, you could be sentenced anywhere from 2-15 years of prison and a fine of up to $15,000.
When faced with a Kidnapping charge, immediately contact Las Vegas Criminal Defense Attorney Michael A. Troiano. He will work directly with you on your case and provide an aggressive and well planned out defense.