Attempted Child Kidnapping
A rare incident in Boylston led police to arrest a man for an attempted kidnapping, enticing a minor and assault. A child told officers that the suspect attempted to lure the child into their home and when the child refused to enter the home, the suspect chased them down the street.
Attempted kidnapping, enticing a minor and assault are all serious crimes. Each of these crimes are serious enough to have life-changing consequences, let alone when they are charged together. Attempted Kidnapping requires a serious defense lawyer for Attempted Kidnapping charges.
Understanding the Attempted Kidnapping Charges and Consequences
Assault: Assault can be charged when anyone is attacked with the intention to cause harm OR intentionally menaced to cause fear of harm, even if they are not physically touched. So in the example above, chasing after someone down the street could be considered assault. The penalties for assault are up to 2.5 years in the house of correction.
Attempted Kidnapping: Kidnapping in Massachusetts is almost always a felony. An attempt to commit a crime entails the same punishments as if the crime was successfully carried out. Kidnapping a child under 16 is even more serious, and can result in a sentence of up to 15 years in state prison. Kidnapping is defined as secretly or forcibly confining another person in the state or carrying them out of the state against their will.
Enticing a Child: Enticing a child under 16 in Massachusetts occurs when a child is under 16 or when the suspect believes the victim was under 16, and the alleged victim is enticed to enter, exit or remain within a vehicle, dwelling, building or outdoor space, with the intent to commit one or more of a range of offenses, including sexual offenses. Enticing a child can be punished by up to 5 years in state prison, 2.5 years in the house of correction, a fine of up to $5000 or both imprisonment and a fine. Depending on the nature of the offense intended, anyone convicted of this crime can also be required to register as a Sex Offender.
Get An Experienced Criminal Lawyer
It is rare that children are randomly approached and abducted by strangers. Most of the time the story is more complicated. Child abduction is often found in family disputes and custody disputes for example. Regardless, the consequences of being accused of these crimes can be extremely severe. If you or someone you know has been accused of attempted kidnapping or enticing a child under 16, it’s imperative to contact an experienced Boston criminal defense lawyer for Attempted Kidnapping immediately. At Dhar Law, we have decades of experience defending serious criminal cases. We believe in the right to a fair trial and put all our resources into fighting for our clients in court, no matter how serious the charges they face. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at (617) 880-6155 as soon as possible so we can get to work on your case.