If you are being investigated for kidnapping, it means that someone believes you deliberately and purposefully took someone to a place they didn’t want to be without their permission and you prevented them from leaving through means of force, threat, or making it difficult for them to be found. Kidnapping is a third degree felony in the state of Texas.
A Third Degree Felony
The punishment for a third degree felony such as kidnapping in the State of Texas is between 2 to 10 years in state prison and up to a $10,000 fine.
Kidnapping a Child
If you took a child under the age of 17 somewhere, even if it was to a place the child agreed to go or asked to be taken to, you can be accused of kidnapping because a child isn’t considered to be able to give their consent.
You don’t have to have threatened them or used force to keep them with you. All that you had to do was fail to inform the parents of where that child would be or to get the parents’ written consent and you could be the victim of kidnapping charges.
The Difference between a Felony and a Misdemeanor
A felony sentence guarantees you jail time and fines. However, a misdemeanor charge means you may be able to walk away with just a fine. The difference between a felony and a misdemeanor is often the attorney you hire to work for you.
Can You Afford a Felony?
The question isn’t whether or not you can afford to hire the services of an experienced attorney. It’s whether or not you can afford to spend 2-10 years in state prison, the loss of income, the destruction to your reputation, the increased difficulty in finding or keeping a job once you get out, and the damage caused to your family and loved ones while you are away. There are payment plans available. You can protect your future.
The Decision Is Yours
It’s up to you what you choose to do. You can try to fight the system on your own. You can settle for a public defender and hope for the best. Or you can reach out to me, make the call, admit you need help, and take action to secure a better future for yourself and your family.
Your Future Depends On You
The sooner you act, the sooner I can help you. Give your future the best possible chance. Call today.