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CRIMES AGAINST THE PERSON


Abducting and Kidnapping

Abduction and kidnapping are used interchangeably in Virginia and are defined as:

  • Any person who, by force, intimidation or deception, and
  • without legal justification or excuse,
  • seizes, takes, transports, detains or secretes another person
  • with the intent to deprive such other person of his personal liberty or to withhold or conceal him from any person, authority or institution lawfully entitled to his charge.

Abduction is normally punishable by up to ten years in prison and/or a $2,500 fine. However, if the abduction is done to extort money from any person, or to commit certain sexual offenses against the person, the offense is punishable by twenty years to life in prison, along with a minimum of forty years suspended over the person’s head for life. Representation by criminal defense lawyer is highly recommended. 

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