Nevada makes kidnapping a serious crime and imposes harsh penalties for both first degree kidnapping as well as second degree kidnapping. Under Nevada law, not only can the person who actually committed the kidnapping be charged with a crime, but anyone who aided or abetted the kidnapping can also be arrested, prosecuted, and penalized harshly if convicted.
If you are accused of aiding or abetting a kidnapping, it’s important to get legal help from a qualified Nevada criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Your attorney can help you to explore all of your options, including fighting for acquittal, providing evidence to the prosecutor about the kidnapper in exchange for a deal, or negotiating the most favorable plea deal possibly.
LV Criminal Defense has provided representation to many defendants accused of serious offenses like kidnapping and aiding or abetting a kidnapping. We can put our legal knowledge and skill to work on your case as you navigate the criminal justice system and try to escape serious consequences for serious charges. To find out more about how we can help you, give us a call today.
Nevada law defines the offense of aiding and abetting a kidnapping in Nevada Revised Statute section 200.340. This law is within the Kidnapping Subsection of Chapter 200, which is the Chapter of Nevada’s criminal code that deals with crimes against persons. The Kidnapping subsection defines different degrees of kidnapping, including first and second degree kidnapping. Aiding and abetting penalties are also imposed based on whether a defendant helped to facilitate a first degree kidnapping or helped to facilitate a second degree kidnapping.
According to N.R.S. 200.340, a defendant who aids and abets a first degree kidnapping could be found guilty of a Category A felony and will face the same punishments for this category A felony as the actual kidnapper would. Those penalties are defined in N.R.S. 200.320 and could include life in prison without the possibility of parole if the victim of the kidnapping sustained serious injury at any time, including while being kidnapped, while being detailed by the kidnapper, or while trying to escape from the custody of the kidnapper.
N.R.S. 200.340 also indicates that a person who is found guilty of aiding and abetting a second degree kidnapping could be charged with a Category B felony. Conviction for this Category B felony offense could result in a defendant being sentenced to a minimum two year prison term and a maximum term of 15 years of imprisonment.
When there is a minimum prison term imposed, as in this case, it becomes especially important to try to avoid conviction for the offense you have been accused of committing. This is because there is no leeway in the criminal sentencing process. Conviction means that incarceration is definite, which means your life will be put on hold and you will have to cope with the stress and difficulties of being incarcerated.
Nick Wooldridge has a long track record of representing clients accused of serious federal and state crimes in Nevada.
LV Criminal Defense can help you to determine what you can to do reduce the likelihood of being convicted for aiding and abetting a kidnapper so you can avoid the damaging consequences of conviction for this serious offense.
Because providing assistance to a kidnapper can result in harsh consequences, it is important that you are proactive in responding to accusations of aiding or abetting. LV Criminal Defense is here to help you make smart choices throughout your case with the goal of getting acquitted of all charges or reducing the penalties you face through a plea agreement. To find out more about how our Las Vegas, NV criminal attorneys can help you, give us a call today.