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Salt Lake Criminal Defense Attorney - Utah Kidnapping Attorney

A charge of kidnapping in Utah can result in a felony conviction and a substantial prison sentence. As an experienced Utah criminal defense attorney, Stephen Howard has successfully defended clients faced with aggravated kidnapping, child kidnapping, and more. Based in Salt Lake City, Mr. Howard provides legal services to clients throughout Utah. Contact us today for an initial consultation. When facing serious charges, you need an experienced attorney with a record of achieving real results.

Elements of a Kidnapping Charge in Utah

The elements of kidnapping under Utah Code 76-5-301 include detaining or restraining another person against their will and without legal authority, for a substantial period of time or under circumstances that expose the victim to a risk of bodily injury. A simple kidnapping charge is classified as a second degree felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison. With enhancements for child kidnapping or aggravated kidnapping, the offense level can rise to a first degree felony and may carry a mandatory life prison sentence under some circumstances.

Related charges under the Utah criminal code, which are typically charged as misdemeanors, include unlawful detention and custodial interference. In some kidnapping cases, a prosecutor may be willing to negotiate a plea bargain involving one of these lesser misdemeanor charges instead of a more serious felony kidnapping.

A felony kidnapping charge is one of the more serious criminal charges under the Utah code. In imposing a sentence, a judge can consider not only the legal elements of the charge, but also the specific facts and circumstances of the case and the background and history of the defendant. In many kidnapping cases, the judge will have the option of imposing either a prison term or placing the defendant on probation.

Finding a Utah Criminal Defense Attorney in Salt Lake

If you are facing kidnapping or other criminal charges in Utah, you need an attorney on your side who is capable of defending and protecting your rights. Stephen Howard has handled thousands of serious felony charges, including aggravated murder, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated robbery, and many more. Whatever your charge, he has the experience to help you get the results you need.  

Based in Salt Lake City, criminal defense attorney Stephen Howard offers defense services to clients throughout all of Utah. Contact us now to arrange for an initial consultation and case analysis.


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Serving Salt Lake, Davis, Weber, Utah, Cache, Tooele, Summit, Box Elder, and Wasatch Counties, and all of Utah.

Attorney Stephen Howard practices as part of the Canyons Law Group, LLC and Stephen W. Howard, PC.

Offices in Salt Lake and Davis Counties
560 South 300 East, Suite 200, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
952 S. Main St., Suite A, Layton, UT 84041

Call now to arrange for a confidential initial consultation with an experienced and effective Utah criminal defense lawyer.

In Salt Lake City, call 801-449-1409.
In Davis County, call 801-923-4345.

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