Seattle Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer
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- Steve Wells, Founding Attorney

Washington Kidnapping Crimes

Attorney Wells Can Defend Your Innocence

When many people think of kidnapping, they assume it has to be done violently, or occur between two strangers. This is not the case. Any individual can be charged with kidnapping if they engaged in the act of taking someone against their will or keeping that person in a confined space against their will. Kidnapping crimes can even occur amongst family members.

If you were arrested for kidnapping and believe that you are innocent, the legal counsel of Attorney Wells can be advantageous in fighting your charges. His experience as a Seattle federal criminal defense attorney can give you the peace of mind you need in such a difficult time.

How is kidnapping classified in Washington?

Although anyone can be charged, the law requires that the defendant must have committed the crime with certain intentions in order to be convicted of kidnapping.

These intentions include:

  • To hold the individual for ransom
  • To cause mental distress
  • To hinder a government operation
  • To impose injury

Kidnapping accusations can be difficult to disprove, especially if family members are involved. The defendant can be charged with either first or second degree kidnapping and penalties vary based on the seriousness of the crime.

Penalties for kidnapping crimes can include:

  • First degree kidnapping - considered a class A felony, punishable with possible life imprisonment and a $50,000 fine
  • Second degree kidnapping - considered a class B felony, punishable with up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine
  • Unlawful imprisonment charge - considered a class C felony, punishable with up to 5 years in prison and a $10,000 fine

Call a Seattle Federal Criminal Defense Attorney

Without a comprehensive understanding of the legal system, it can be difficult to fight kidnapping charges even if you believe you are innocent. With over two decades of experience as a Seattle federal criminal defense attorney, Attorney Wells can prepare the strong defense you need.

Call his firm today for your free case evaluation!

A Few Achievements That Set Attorney Steve Wells Apart:

  • Founding President of the AACDL

    (Alaska Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers)

  • Former Member of the Board of Directors of the NACDL

    (National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers)

  • CLE Presenter Nationwide

    (Continuing Legal Education or Seminars for Lawyers)

Hear It From Previous Clients

  • “The State dismissed the charges.”


  • “The charges against me were dismissed.”