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Kidnapping means confining or moving a person without his/her consent or his/her guardian’s consent if the person is under sixteen years of age with a certain purpose, such as ransom or involuntary servitude. This offense may be sentenced up to 20 years in prison and/or up to a $35,000 fine if the person is released to a safe place with no great bodily harm, or up to 40 years in prison and/or up to a $50,000 fine if the person is not released to a safe place or there is great bodily harm or if the person is less than sixteen years old. See https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=609.25.

Federal kidnapping means illegally confining, abducting, or carries away and holds for some sort of ransom or reward across state lines or in federal territories. The offense carries a sentence up to life in prison or death if the death of a person results. This does not include the acts of a parent taking his or her minor child. If, however, the victim is a minor and the offender is an adult but is not the minor’s parent, grandparent, sibling, aunt, uncle, or legal custodian, the sentence increases to a minimum of 20 years in prison. See 18 U.S.C. § 1201: https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/1201.

The preceding was a summary of the law. It does not describe all of the elements of the crimes. Laws are also constantly changing. You need to contact a skilled Identity Theft Attorney in Minneapolis to discuss the offenses in detail and with respect to your own particular case. Nothing in this description or anywhere on this site is legal advice.

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