Kidnapping Attorney in Austin, TX

Kidnapping is the taking away of an individual against their will and holding them in some form of false imprisonment for certain purposes. The purposes may include ransom or hope to gain a reward, causing injury or bodily harm, and enabling the commission of a crime.

Extortion by Posing as a Kidnapper

Extortion is similar to blackmail but involves the threat of monetary goods instead of pieces of information.  Some examples include making someone give you money or goods, or making an officer perform an official act out of force or fear. In this case, force or fear refers to either physically committing or threatening to commit bodily injury.

When someone is charged for extortion by posing as a kidnapper, the actual kidnapping doesn’t have to take place. If someone phoned the parents of a 15-year-old girl and told them they had kidnapped their daughter and were going to hurt her unless the family delivered $20,000 within 12 hours, they committed a crime even if they hadn’t actually kidnapped the child.

Unlawful Restraint

Unlawful restraint is intentionally or knowingly restraining another person. This offense is typically a Class A misdemeanor unless that person is a child, a police officer or you expose that person to a substantial risk of harm in which case it is a felony.

There are numerous defenses that can be employed in an unlawful restraint case. Call us today if you are facing unlawful restraint charges.