Kidnapping is the crime of knowingly and secretly confining an individual against their will. This can be achieved either through the use of force, or by deceiving, enticing, or otherwise convincing an individual to go to a place with the purpose of secretly confining them against their will. Aggravated kidnapping, however, occurs when a kidnapping is committed for the purpose of obtaining a ransom or when the kidnapper used a deadly weapon. The charge can also be applied in a few other, less common, circumstances.
If you or someone you know has been accused of committing aggravated kidnapping, you need an experienced legal professional representing your case in order to ensure that your rights and interests are fully protected. Contact the Champaign criminal defense lawyers of Bruno Law Offices at (217) 328-6000 today to discuss your case.
Aggravated Kidnapping Penalties
Aggravated kidnapping is a Class X felony in Illinois, one of the most severe criminal charges a person can receive. Penalties for this type of crime include:
- Up to 30 years imprisonment, with a mandatory minimum sentence of 6 years
- Fines of up to $25,000
Furthermore, if firearms were involved or discharged during the kidnapping, the court may impose between 15 and 25 years in additional prison time.
If you or someone you know has been accused of aggravated kidnapping, you face a range of extremely serious consequences. Contact the Champaign criminal defense attorneys of Bruno Law Offices today at (217) 328-6000 to learn more about how you can defend yourself against this damaging allegation.