The offense of kidnapping is considered by most people to involve both the
restraining and the transporting of another person against that person's will.
In many instances where that has not occurred, those charged with kidnapping are
puzzled that they could be charged. Years ago people in the jurisdiction
around the Myrtle Beach area were rarely charged with kidnapping except in cases
where someone was abducted. Many times those charges also involved murder
charges. For some reason, in this jurisdiction, police started to make the
charge of kidnapping on what would otherwise be less serious cases.
In South Carolina kidnapping is the unlawful seizure, confining,
inveigling(tricking),decoying, abducting or carrying away a person by any means
without authority of law.
Since a confining or seizing, however brief, appears to meet the definition of
kidnapping, police routinely charge kidnapping in cases of robbery, sexual
assault and even domestic violence or misdemeanor assault.
The result sometimes is that the charge of kidnapping greatly increases the
potential sentence which one could receive if convicted. Additionally, it
also causes bond to be set in a higher amount and could cause bond to be denied.
Kidnapping is a most serious felony and is a no parole offense and carries a
possible prison sentence of up to thirty years. If you have been charged
with the offense of kidnapping in South Carolina, you will want to seek legal
counsel who is both experienced and qualified to provide an effective defense of
Attorney M. Gregory McCollum has represented many people on the charge of
kidnapping. He has tried cases where people were on trial for kidnapping.
He has also handled cases where clients charged with kidnapping had charges
dismissed and cases where kidnapping charges were reduced.
If you have been charged with kidnapping, or any other felony or misdemeanor,
contact the Law Office of M. Gregory McCollum for a consultation.