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The Law on Kidnapping/Abduction in Indiana and
its Punishments

Kidnapping and abduction and terms used interchangeably. It refers to an act where a person is forcibly taken away where the intention may be to collect a ransom or to sexually assault the person or commit any other offense. Kidnapping is a serious offense as it involves illegally taking a person away. It is treated under the law seriously and leads to stringent punishment. Each state has defined its own laws related to kidnapping, where the details of the offense and punishments are prescribed.

The law related to kidnapping in Indiana and the punishment

The Indiana Code Title 35 deals with the Criminal Law and Procedure. Article 42 Chapter 3 deals with the offense of kidnapping and confinement.

The law defines kidnapping as an act where a person intentionally or knowingly removes a person from one to another either by force, the threat of force, or through fraud. It is a level 6 felonies under the Indiana laws. A conviction would lead to a punishment of imprisonment of around two and a half years in jail with a fine of $10,000.

Indiana Abduction Law

It is considered as a level 5 felony if the victim is a child below 14 years or is committed using a vehicle, or results in bodily harm to any other person. A conviction would lead to imprisonment for 1 to 6 years with a fine of up to $10,000.

Kidnapping in Indiana is a level 3 felony if the kidnapper is armed with a deadly weapon, or there is an injury to the person kidnapped, or if the act was committed in an aircraft. A conviction would lead to imprisonment for 3 to 16 years in prison with a fine of up to $10,000.

It would be a level 2 felony if the intention was to collect ransom, or if a vehicle was hijacked, or if there was an intention to use the victim as a hostage. In such a case, a conviction would lead to imprisonment of 10 to 30 years in prison with a fine of a maximum of $10,000.

Indiana Kidnap Law
The Indiana law also has a provision on confinement. This is an act where a person confines another person without consent. It is a criminal act where someone is illegally locked up without their consent. Just like the law of kidnapping, the punishment would vary depending on the nature of the act and similar types of punishment are prescribed. Criminal confinement is a level 6 felony and conviction would lead to imprisonment for up to 2 and a half years in prison with a fine of up to $10,000.

It is considered as a level 5 felony if the victim is a child below 14 years or is committed using a vehicle, or results in bodily harm to any other person. A conviction would lead to imprisonment for 1 to 6 years with a fine of up to $10,000.

Criminal confinement in the state of Indiana is a level 3 felony if the kidnapper is armed with a deadly weapon, or there is an injury to the person kidnapped, or if the act was committed in an aircraft. A conviction would lead to imprisonment for 3 to 16 years in prison with a fine of up to $10,000.

The criminal condiment is considered as a level 2 felony if the intention was to collect ransom, or if a vehicle was hijacked, or if there was an intention to use the victim as a hostage. In such a case, a conviction would lead to imprisonment of 10 to 30 years in prison with a fine of a maximum of $10,000.


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