Police officers in Knoxville, Tennessee recently found a 7-year-old child that had been kidnapped from Michigan. The department says they received a tip that the boy might be in the Central Avenue Pike area and stopped a vehicle in that area.
The boy was then recovered from the vehicle, and the suspect, Connie Franzel, was arrested. Franzel is the child’s adopted mother and has been charged with being a fugitive and kidnapping. Michigan DCS and Tennessee DCS are working together to return the child back to Michigan.
The Definition of Kidnapping
According to Michigan Laws, kidnapping occurs when a person restrains someone with the intent of doing any of the following:
- Hold the person for reward or ransom.
- Use the person as a hostage or shield.
- Engage in criminal sexual contact or penetration with the person.
- Take the person out of Michigan.
- Hold the person in involuntary servitude.
Kidnapping a Child
According to Michigan laws, anyone who forcibly, maliciously, or fraudulently entices or leads a child who is less than 14 years of age with the intent to conceal or detain that child from his or her legal guardian or parent may be found guilty of felony criminal charges that are punishable by life in prison.
Is it Still Kidnapping if it is Your Own Child?
If an adoptive parent or natural parent of a child retains or takes the child from another legal guardian or parent who has legal custody, they may be found guilty of kidnapping if they keep the child for over 24 hours. If you are found guilty of kidnapping, you can be charged with a felony and end up in prison.
Punishment for Kidnapping in Michigan
A person who is found guilty of kidnapping is guilty of felony charges. The punishment for such crimes come with very steep penalties. You could be punished by any term of years in prison, including life in prison, as well as a fine as high as $50,000. This means it is imperative to find an experienced criminal defense attorney who can thoroughly investigate the allegations you are facing.
Seek Legal Advice Now
If you are facing charges of abduction or kidnapping, you need to seek the advice of an experienced Michigan criminal defense attorney. The attorneys at Iafrate & Salassa, P.C. have decades of experience helping their clients navigate through the complex criminal legal system. They will take your charges seriously and ensure that you receive the fair representation that you deserve. Without proper representation, you will find yourself facing lengthy jail sentences and paying hefty fines.
Their attorneys will work one-on-one with you and serve as your advocate and ensure that law enforcement does not harass you. They will provide the best possible defense and help you understand and keep you informed throughout the entire process. Contact their office today to schedule a consultation.