Kidnapping & Obstruction
Kidnapping and obstruction are serious charges. If you are facing any of the charges below then contact Paul Edlund, Minnesota criminal defense attorney, for a consultation today and protect your future.
The confinement of an individual without consent or removal of an individual from one place to another without consent constitutes kidnapping. Kidnapping can be charged as a violation of state or federal law, with serious punishments if an individual is convicted. The laws that determine obstruction of justice are harsh and can leave an individual facing a range of consequences. The punishments for kidnapping convictions depend on:
- Whether or not the victim was released in a safe place
- Whether or not the victim was harmed
- The age of the victim
- The length of time the victim was confined without consent
- Whether the victim was held for ransom
- Whether the victim was held to facilitate the commission of a felony
Kidnapping is a serious crime. Those accused of kidnapping are facing prison sentences, fines and a permanent criminal record.
Obstruction of Justice
Obstruction of justice involves the interference of any sort with the work of police, state or federal investigators, regulatory agencies, prosecutors, or other government officials. There are a host of crimes in Minnesota that may be characterized as an obstruction of justice charge.
This charge can be brought against
- One who escapes while held pursuant to a lawful arrest, in lawful custody on a charge or conviction of a crime, or while held in lawful custody on an allegation or adjudication of a delinquent act;
- One who transfers to another, who is in lawful custody on a charge or conviction of a crime, or introduces into an institution in which the latter is confined, anything usable in making such escape, with intent that it shall be so used;
- One who having another in lawful custody on a charge or conviction of a crime intentionally permits the other to escape;
- One who escapes while in a security hospital; or (5) escapes while on pass status or provisional discharge is guilty of criminal escape.
Fleeing A Police Officer In A Motor Vehicle
This charge can be brought against anyone who by means of a motor vehicle flees or attempts to flee a peace officer who is acting in the lawful discharge of an official duty, and the perpetrator knows or should reasonably know the same to be a peace officer, is guilty of a crime.
Warning A Subject of Police Investigation
This charge can be brought against anyone who, having knowledge that a subpoena has been issued, and with intent to obstruct, impede, or prevent the investigation for which the subpoena was issued, gives notice or attempts to give notice of the issuance of the subpoena or the production of the documents to a person is guilty of a crime in Minnesota.
This charge can be brought against anyone engaged in harming or otherwise threatening a witness, hoping to influence his or her testimony, is guilty of witness tampering in the State of Minnesota.
Interference With A Dead Body
This charge can be brought against anyone who interferes with the body or scene of death with intent to mislead the coroner or conceal evidence is guilty of a crime in Minnesota.
Kidnapping or obstruction of justice charges can lead to serious consequences if not dealt with correctly. Choosing a Minnesota criminal defense attorney who is skilled and knowledgable can help prevent conviction and protect your rights. With your future at stake, contact Minnesota criminal defense attorney Paul Edlund as soon as possible. Serving Minneapolis, St. Paul, the Greater Twin Cities Metro and beyond, Mr. Edlund is a reputable criminal defense attorney with an exceptional rate of success. The sooner a lawyer is involved with your case, the better your attorney will be able to defend you: Contact Paul Edlund today for a consultation!