Kidnapping is an offense which negatively affects all parties involved. This offense can be committed against children and adults alike, and requires no ill-intent or criminal purpose. A kidnapping offense can be committed by a parent, guardian, or by a stranger.
This crime typically involves some type of harm to the victim resulting in additional charges. Regardless of the actor’s reasons or intent, kidnapping carries a stigma that is nearly impossible to erase.
If you or someone you know is charged with kidnapping, you need a dedicated attorney with a history of aggressive defense strategy working on your behalf.
Susanne Gustin has worked on one of the most notable kidnapping cases in Utah. She successfully defended a client accused of kidnapping his neighbor’s children, and she had the accused acquitted on all charges.
This case gained national news coverage and is just one of many examples of Susanne Gustin’s abilities. If you have been charged with any criminal charges such as kidnapping, call Susanne Gustin Attorney at Law at (801) 243-2814 for a free consultation.
This firm represents clients from Salt Lake County, Davis County, Midvale, Holladay, South Lake, and surrounding areas.
Utah code §76-5-301 defines kidnapping as:
Kidnapping is a second-degree felony punishable by a maximum of 15 years imprisonment and up to $5,000. In addition to the legal consequences, kidnapping charges carry a social stigma which is more difficult to remove.
Whether the act is committed by a close family member with no additional felonious activities, or an aggravated kidnapping, this offense requires registry on Utah’s Sex Offender and Kidnap Offender Notification and Registration Website except in the case that the actor is a natural parent.
Information provided on the kidnap offender registry is public information available to anyone with access to the site. This may feel extremely invasive for those listed on the registry.
Utah code §76-5-302 enhances a kidnapping charge to an aggravated kidnapping charge when:
This offense is increased to a first-degree felony punishable by 15 years to life imprisonment in addition to $10,000 in fines.
Utah State Legislature- This state sponsored site provides Utah’s codified laws and including definitions of terms listed in the laws.
FBI- This is a federal source with information on kidnapping victims and individuals convicted of parental kidnapping.
Susanne Gustin Attorney at Law handles kidnapping cases very carefully and seriously. Call Susanne Gustin Attorney at Law at (801) 243-2814 to discussion your options with an experienced attorney. This firm services clients in Davis County, Salt Lake City, and surrounding areas.