Simple Kidnapping in Louisiana is defined by LA. Revised Statute 14.62.8, the following statutes define and govern the potential sentences for:
Definition of Kidnapping
While each of these charges have distinguishing elements, in order to be convicted of one of the above charges a prosecutor may prove beyond a reasonably doubt the defendant committed any of the following:
The intentional and forcible seizing and carrying of any person from one place to another without his consent.
The intentional taking, enticing, or decoying away, for an unlawful purpose, of any child not his own and under the age of fourteen years, without the consent of its parent or the person charged with its custody.
The intentional taking, enticing, or decoying away, without the consent of the proper authority, of any person who has been lawfully committed to any institution for orphans, persons with mental illness, persons with intellectual disabilities, or other similar institution.
The intentional taking, enticing, or decoying away and removing from the state, by any parent of his or her child, from the custody of any person to whom custody has been awarded by any court of competent jurisdiction of any state, without the consent of the legal custodian, with intent to defeat the jurisdiction of the said court over the custody of the child.
The taking, enticing or decoying away and removing from the state, by any person, other than the parent, of a child temporarily placed in his custody by any court of competent jurisdiction in the state, with intent to defeat the jurisdiction of said court over the custody of the child.
As is clear by the charges listed above, the Louisiana Legislature has categorized the charges of kidnapping by the means and details regarding the victim.
Possible Penalties for Kidnapping
The possible penalties for Kidnapping in Louisiana differ greatly based on the circumstances and the exact statute a defendant is charged under but range from a fine to a life sentence in prison subject to hard labor.
Potential Defenses to Kidnapping
A consultation with one of the attorneys at Lawrence Law Firm can bring to light facts and circumstances useful in mounting unique and creative defenses or mitigating factors such as: lack of intent, lack of knowledge, authorization, or consent.
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