The charge of kidnapping is not one to take lightly. A conviction on kidnapping charges will bring with it very serious penalties in the way of jail time and long-lasting effects on your record and the rest of your life. If you find yourself being charged with kidnapping in the state of Tennessee you would be wise to starting working with a defense attorney as soon as possible.

There are three forms of kidnapping under Tennessee law –

  • Kidnapping
  • Aggravated Kidnapping
  • Especially aggravated kidnapping

Kidnapping involves the false imprisonment of another person while exposing them to a substantial risk of bodily injury or confining them to ‘involuntary servitude’. Kidnapping charges can be brought as various degrees of a felony depending on the specifics of the case.

Aggravated kidnapping charges require the conditions of the above kidnapping charge, plus one of the following –

  • facilitating the commission of a felony or flight thereafter; or
  • interfering with the performance or any governmental or political function; or
  • having the intent to inflict serious bodily injury or to terrorize the victim; or
  • the victim suffers bodily injury; or
  • the defendant possesses a deadly weapon or threatens the use of a deadly weapon

Aggravated kidnapping is a Class B felony and will lead to significant jail time if convicted.

Especially aggravated kidnapping is a Class A felony and could potentially lead to life in prison. The following identify an especially aggravated kidnapping case –

  • it is accomplished with a deadly weapon; or
  • the victim is 13 years old or younger; or
  • the victim is held as a hostage for ransom; or
  • the victim suffers serious bodily injury

If you are being charged with any manner of kidnapping, give us a call today at 865-673-4953 to discuss your options. We offer a free initial consultation and the experience in defending criminal charges of Gregory P. Issacs. We look forward to help you with your case soon.