Charges of kidnapping or false imprisonment in Colorado can lead to very serious criminal penalties and a felony conviction on your record that can forever impact your quality of life.
Too often, employers, landlords and family members cannot look beyond such charges. Never mind the fact that standing in front of the door during a domestic argument can result in being slapped with such a charge.
We know that these charges most frequently involve a domestic altercation. Often a contentious divorce or child custody case is being litigated and allegations of kidnapping or false imprisonment are made maliciously as a spouse attempts to use the criminal justice system to assist a civil court case.
In other cases, police officers can overcharge a defendant at the scene.
False imprisonment is typically a Class 2 misdemeanor, punishable by up to 12 months in jail and a $1,000 fine. In cases where violence or the threat of violence is involved, or when the victim is detained more than 12 hours, felony false imprisonment can be charged, resulting in up to three years in prison and a $100,000 fine.
Kidnapping in Colorado can be charged under either state or federal law and carries a penalty of up to life in prison.
If you are facing charges of false imprisonment or kidnapping in Denver or the surrounding area, we have the knowledge and experience to defend your rights. In some cases, these charges can be challenged and a reduction or dismissal is possible. In other cases, when an allegation of violation of custody or order relating to parental responsibilities is alleged, serious felony charges may also result. In such cases, when a child custody or divorce case is pending, an experienced law firm can fight the criminal charges while working to protect your parental rights.