Kidnapping covers a wide array of crimes and motivations. Generally, kidnapping is defined as the taking of a person without authorization, and the confinement of that person against their will. Specifics of a kidnapping charge are based on whether or not a weapon is used in the abduction, whether or not harm is brought to the abductee, and if the person taken is a minor—or a minor taken by their parents.
Many people are surprised when they are charged with kidnapping if they have taken their own child or grandchild—without lawful custody of that child or the express permission to do so. But even if a parent or grandparent believes they have a right to take their child or grandchild, it can still be considered kidnapping under the law.
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