Kidnapping is a crime that often gets featured in movies and other forms of entertainment. The media loves to report on the most dramatic kidnapping cases. These include when criminal individuals bodily overpower someone and hold them without their consent and likely without knowledge of their location. Then they try to compel family members or loved ones to pay a ransom and secure their release.
While such offenses certainly do occur, those charged with kidnapping in North Carolina may have committed a much less dramatic offense against the alleged victim.
What behaviors might constitute kidnapping?
At its most basic level, kidnapping involves preventing someone from leaving a space or otherwise removing their autonomy regarding where they are and what they can do. For example, a spouse who bars the front door through physical violence or threats with a weapon to keep their spouse from leaving during an argument could wind up facing kidnapping charges for those behaviors.
Using another person as a shield in a confrontation with other people or law enforcement also constitutes kidnapping, and offenses overlapping with trafficking crimes, like forcing someone into labor can also constitute kidnapping. For example, an employer holding the passport of an international house worker in a private location and not allowing that worker to leave the property could constitute kidnapping.
Factors ranging from the violence the victim experiences to the way the situation ends can influence the severity of the charges and the penalties the accused party faces. Anyone facing criminal charges related to kidnapping will face serious consequences, which more than justifies an aggressive and well-planned defense strategy.